The American People: A History

The American People: A History

The American People: A History

The American People: A History

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Two and a half centuries ago English-speaking America consisted of a series of little colonies stretching out at intervals along the coast, weak, disunited, fearing the Indians, striving to conquer the wilderness. To-day it has become a great nation, extending from the Atlantic to the Pacific, filled with populous cities and blooming farms, united, prosperous, powerful. The story of this remarkable change is fascinating. That American history is without interest and romance is about as far from true as anything can be. This misconception has so widely prevailed because we have just been passing through that stage when, in order to establish new facts, it was necessary to collect manuscripts, to publish valuable documents, and to prepare monographs on innumerable topics.

Now students and writers of history are becoming aware of the futility of writing history which only historians read. They are making a conscious and determined effort to reinvest the story of America with the charm which naturally and rightfully belongs to it. They do not intend to do this with a sacrifice of truth or historical perspective. They are not committed to any form of propaganda. Their sole desire is to tell the story with as much of the interest and glamour as may be possible to the imagination of the writer. With the purpose of contributing ever so slightly to this important work this book has been written.

To compress American history into one volume has required a very rigid selection and a definite plan. Facts of secondary importance have often been passed over to make room for more essential matters. It is hoped that sufficient space has . . .

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