Foreword – By way of other directions
It is our unparalleled glory that we have no reminiscences of battlefields [. . .] Who, then, can doubt that our country is destined to be the great nation of futurity?
——John L. O’Sullivan, “The Great Nation of Futurity,” 1839
So now then we begin again this history of us. ——Gertrude Stein, The Making of Americans, 1925
Whenever it all begins again, I will be waiting.