The United States of America: A Study of the American Commonwealth, Its Natural Resources, People, Industries, Manufactures, Commerce, and Its Work in Literature, Science, Education, and Self-Government

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CONTENTS.
VOL. I.
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I. -- THE CONTINENT, AND THE REASONS FOR ITS FITNESS TO BE THE HOME OF A GREAT PEOPLE1

Place of America among thecontinents. Invigorating climate. Agricultural regions. Rainfall and irrigation. Variety of crops. Material resources. European and native food plants. Colonization and the westward movement. Industrial conquest of the country.

N. S. SHALER.

II. -- NATURAL CONDITIONS OF THE EAST AND SOUTH50

St. Lawrence district. New England district. Eastern Central States. Virginia district. Florida district. Mexican Gulf district.

N. S. SHALER.

III. -- WHAT NATURE HAS DONE FOR THE WEST102

District of the Ohio Valley. The district of the Great Lakes. Upper Missi-sippi district. Arkansas district. Lower Missouri district. District of the upper Missouri. Cordilleran plateau district. The Winnipeg district. Cordilleran district. California district, Columbia district. Alaska district. The Caribbean district.

N. S. SHALER.

IV. -- THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS190

Origin of the Indians. Indian sociology. Mythology and religion. Indian languages. Indian history and migrations. Indian population. Indian villages and their distribution. Indian architecture. Mounds and mound builders. Subsistence of the Indians. Domestication of animals by Indians. Indian technology. Indian costumes and adornments. Indian art of war. Indian modes of transportation. Indian music. General conclusions.

MAJOR J. W. POWELL.

V. -- THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY273

The land. How the United States came to own it. What the United States did with the valley. Character and order of settlement. The people of the valley. Social development. Mormons. Communists. Religion in the Constitution. Politics. Education. The outlook.

H. P. JUDSON.

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