Quotation by Barbara Tuchman

The open frontier, the hardships of homesteading from scratch, the wealth of natural resources, the whole vast challenge of a continent waiting to be exploited, combined to produce a prevailing materialism and an American drive bent as much, if not more, on money, property, and power than was true of the Old World from which we had fled.
Barbara Tuchman (1912–1989), U.S. historian. "On Our Birthday—America as Idea," Newsweek (New York, July 12, 1976).
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