A History of the United States - Vol. 1

A History of the United States - Vol. 1

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A History of the United States - Vol. 1

A History of the United States - Vol. 1

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I have undertaken a new study of the history of the United States from the discovery of America to the close of the nineteenth century. In treating the subject, the word "history" is understood in its larger sense as denoting not merely the annals of the past, but as describing the development of the American people from the inception of the colonizing enterprises which resulted in the founding of the thirteen original states and the formation of the Federal Union. The growth of the nation will, therefore, be treated as one continuous development from the political, military, institutional, industrial, and social points of view.

Writers on American history have usually regarded the colonists as living a life somewhat apart from the rest of mankind. Moreover, they have been apt to treat the founding of each colony and state as if it had been unlike the founding of other colonies and states; and they have generally traced the story of each isolated political unit from the point of view of the antiquarian. The outlook of the present work is different. I have considered the colonies as parts of the English empire, as having sprung from that political fabric, and as having simply pursued a course of institutional evolution unlike that of the branch of the English race which remained behind in the old homeland across the Atlantic. I have also thought that the most important single fact in our . . .

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