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The act or process of surveying and reviewing the past.
[retro- + L. specto, pp. spectatus, to look at]
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Describing the vehemence with which Southerners hate and fear Yankees, in Retrospections of America, John Bernard says:
John Bernard's work, Retrospections of America, says that 'the Yankee cheats .
58) This Yankee--and his bag of tricks--must have come straight from Retrospections of America.
Colonel Bantam might have appeared in Lambert's Travels Through America or stepped from the pages of John Bernard's Retrospections of America.