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Carl Neumann Degler
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America's Impact & Power

Prior to the emergence of America as an economic force in the 19th century and the personification of a fair and equal democratic society, other countries were headed by either monarchs, despots or barbarians. When America had the audacity to declare that all men - kings and paupers alike - were all equals, it was a concept that had to gain the attention of the rest of the world. For centuries after that proclamation of equality, kings and rulers were still in place but the wind of change was in the air.

The kings and rulers of European countries began to see their populace run for the door hoping to catch the next ship to America where they could live and work on an even playing field with everyone else. While Europeans were losing their populations, America was gaining the labor force that would meet the...

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