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The humorist Stephen Leacock (1869 - 1944) diagnosed many of the character traits that make Americans what they are, and although the essay was written over seventy-five years ago, many of his observations still ring true to this day:

"Americans are a queer people: they can't read.
They have more schools, and better schools, and spend more money on schools and colleges than all of Europe.
But they can't read.
They print more books in one year than the French print in ten.
But they can't read.
They cover their country with 100,000 tons of Sunday newspapers every week.
But they don't read them.
They're too busy. They use them for fires and to make more paper with.
They buy eagerly thousands of new novels at two dollars each. But they only read page one...
But that's all right. The Americans don't give a damn; don't need to; never did need to.
That is their salvation."

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Americans Are A Strange People  (Characteristically American, 1932)

Americans Are A Strange People  (Characteristically American, 1932)

Americans Are A Strange People  (Characteristically American, 1932)

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