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ship; he supported the thesis that the "revolt against restraint
was an important factor ... in the westward march of our
people from frontier to frontier." He admitted that the Amer-
ican people in the westward march "quested for the Land of
Let Alone," but that, when they noticed that men were no longer
"about the same size," as Theodore Roosevelt put it, that trusts
and other combinations of big business "grew so huge and
powerful as to dwarf the common man," they "sought their
salvation in a good-shepherd government." Although he did
not discuss the New Deal, the latest form of this good-shepherd
government, he did admit that "we are not of one mind regard-
ing the social order under which we are now living," and
warned that "the democracy of the future ... must ever strive
for a-proper balance ... between a restraining guardianship on
the one hand and freedom of enterprise on the other, assigning,
however, to each of its citizens the largest degree of freedom
that they may possess and exercise without trespassing upon
the common good."
The author carried the quest of American life through twelve
main essays, rather than chapters, and used such persons as
Roger Williams, William Penn, John Woolman, John Greenleaf
Whittier, Hector Saint Jean de Crevecoeur, Benjamin Franklin,
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Walt Whitman, William Jennings Bryan, and Theodore Roose-
velt as the men around whom to develop his thesis. Of these
men none received more attention than Benjamin Franklin,
while next in line is Theodore Roosevelt, beyond whom the
treatise does not extend. In his acknowledgments for permission
to quote, the author listed sixteen printed works, and this list
of books, in the absence of a formal statement, may be regarded
as the bibliography upon which the study was based.
RUDOLPH L. BIESELE
The University of Texas
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