Reviews January 2009 Cosmopolitan Nation By H.A. Scott Trask The search for and, when it cannot be found, the construction of a usable past remains the overriding task of our official historians, who believe that we are forever on the cusp of a new age. To read the full article, please sign in or create a free account to view Chronicles content for 30 days. H.A. Scott Trask H.A. Scott Trask is an independent historian from eastern Missouri.