Excerpt from The American Nation, a History, Vol. 24 of 27: National Problems, 1885-1897 Each generation is prone to think that its own problems are the critical problems which disturb the peaceful course of a nation's development. With out denying that other decades have had their trials outside of war, there is reason to maintain that during the twelve years, 1885 to 1897, more and widely differing problems pressed upon this coun try for solution than in any other equal period, unless it be that following the establishment of our government in 1789. The contest for a Silver standard, the regulation of great corporations and mopolies, the rising strength of organized labor, the awakening ambitions for an aggressive foreign policy, the purification of politics by a radical change in the methods of appointment to office, are ques tions which will never sink into comparative oh scurity, whatever the future may have in store for us. Rather they will stand out as the beginnings of a new stage in our nation's history. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.