A History of Hawaii

A History of Hawaii

A History of Hawaii

A History of Hawaii

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The purpose of this book is to describe briefly and simply the historical process by which Hawaii came to be what it is to-day -- an integral part of the United States, an American commonwealth having a unique social and economic background. The topical. method is used, but without disturbing too violently the chronological sequence of events. The aim has been to make each chapter center about some person, some event, or some clearly defined line of development, other things being made subordinate to the central theme, in order that the attention of the reader may be fixed upon the outstanding characters, the decisive events, and the controlling movements in the history of Hawaii. In the selection of facts and incidents to be included in a work of this character, no two writers would agree. The authors of this book have used their best judgment, in the light of their own studies, and the criticisms and suggestions of those with whom they have discussed the subject. While the book is intended primarily for school use, it is believed that it will be of service to the general reader who desires a plain statement of the main facts of Hawaiian history.

It will be well to state briefly how the volume came to be written. The Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii, by laws enacted in 1921 and 1923, provided for the appointment of an Historical Commission. Among the duties assigned to this Commission was that of having compiled and published a school textbook of Hawaiian history. Governor Farrington appointed as members of the Commission Hon. Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, Hawaii's Delegate in Congress, Hon. George R. Carter, formerly Governor of the Territory, and Dr. K. C. Leebrick, Professor of . . .

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