The United States of America: A History - Vol. 1

The United States of America: A History - Vol. 1

The United States of America: A History - Vol. 1

The United States of America: A History - Vol. 1

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Every serious student of history will wish to go beyond the textbook. In order to help him do so, we have put in each of our two volumes this bibliographical introduction. In addition, Suggested Readings follow each chapter, pointing out works of special value on the topics covered in the text.

Essential to further study is The Harvard Guide to American History (1954), edited by Oscar Handlin, Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Samuel Eliot Morison, Frederick Merk, Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr., and Paul Herman Buck. This massive volume covers virtually all works of importance published before December, 1950. Further, it groups together various types of material, such as biographies, works on special subjects, sources, and the like. It contains useful hints on such matters as the methods of note-taking, the mechanics of citation, and history as a literary art. No one should attempt research, even of a limited kind, without this guide. It should, however, be added that it does not evaluate the immense mass of materials with which it deals, and that it necessarily omits the most recent works.

Another volume particularly useful to both teachers and students deals in large part with more recent publications. This is William H. Cartwright and Richard L. Watson Jr., Interpreting and Teaching American History (1961), the Thirty-First Yearbook of the National Council for the Social Studies. It contains not only advice and suggestions regarding the teaching of history, but also chapters by qualified scholars indicating the modern trends in historical interpretation and giving valuable bibliographical information. These chapters cover the whole range of American history, beginning with the colonial period and ending with the aftermath of World War II and the ideas and culture of the twentieth century.

For those Who seek less detailed sources of information, the best course of action (outside the consultation of a library card catalogue) is to go to the bibliographies in the various historical series. An old series, still valuable for . . .

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