A Source History of the United States: From Discovery (1492) To the End of Reconstruction (1877)
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Plan and Purpose. An attempt has Been made in these pages to present a fairly consecutive and connected history of the evolution of the American Nation and people. Not all phases of this evolution have been included, as it is believed that the true place of a source book is primarily to emphasize and intensify the salient and dominant movements in the growth of the United States. Only in an incidental way has any attempt been made to give, for example, the development of the financial history of the country, or to trace its constitutional growth. The central theme has been political and social ideas and ideals, and the process of their evolution from the original or European beginnings into the more perfected forms of the last quarter of the nineteenth century. An attempt has been made, in the analysis of the book into chapters, sections, and subordinate divisions, to emphasize the more important periods and problems and to show their relationships in such a manner as to aid the student in seeing our history as a whole, and in its progressive development.
How to Use. This history of the United States is not planned or intended to be used as the sole source of information. It may be used in either of two ways: (1) As the basis of class-work, each student to have a copy of the work, to be supplemented by informal lectures, or by readings in narrative texts and reference works, or by a combination of the two; or (2), It may be made to supplement a narrative text, used as the basis of class-work. Circumstances and the teacher's preference will determine which of the two methods ought to be chosen in any particular case.
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