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HENRY W. ELSON, A.M.
LECTURER OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THE EXTENSION
OF UNIVERSITY TEACHING
“WHAT TO READ," ETC.
NATIONAL PERIOD BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR
LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., LTD.
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HISTORY can be presented to us only by means of pictures, reproductions of that which we cannot directly witness.
If you study a city from photographs, the general bird's-eye view is necessary to give you the relative size and location of things; but such a view is not enough. You must have pictures, on a larger scale, of a busy street, a mammoth office building, a public park, the interior of a workshop, and the like. The ordinary school history furnishes the bird's-eye view of our country's origin and growth; the present volume aims to give a more detailed account a picture on a larger scale of some of the chief events in our history. It is intended not to replace the text-book, but to supplement it.
The text-book gives the succession of events and, in some measure, their relative importance; but, owing to the multitude of subjects to be