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, grinding poverty and wasted wealth. What had held the promise of the Fortunate Isles, the New Atlantis, had become just another country, reproducing the fear and the greed, the insecurity and the want, of the Old World societies [...]. We had come near wrecking the richest continent in the world, with the threat before us that the deserts which had drowned northern Africa and Asia Minor in the sterile sea of sand would march across the Great Plains into the Great Valley which held our wealth.« 45 J. Franklin: Remaking America, S. 21. 212 | RICHARD NATE Trotz