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HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.
THOMAS WENTWORTH HIGGINSON,
COPYRIGHT, 1886, By THOMAS WENTWORTH HIGGINSON.
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IT is the aim of this book to tell the story of the
United States in a clear and simple manner, for young and old. In writing it, I have adopted two plain rules, — to omit all names and dates not really needful, and to make liberal use of the familiar traits and incidents of every day. If there is any merit in the design, it belongs largely to my honored friend, GEORGE B. EMERSON, Esq., of Boston, from whom the first suggestion of the work came, and by whose kind co-operation it has been carried through. I am indebted, also, to Rev. GEORGE E. ELLIS, D.D., to RICHARD FROTHINGHAM, Esq., and to FRANCIS PARKMAN, Esq., for valuable hints and criticisms; and to Rev. J. G. PALFREY, D.D., and the Maine Historical Society, for permission to use important maps, originally engraved for them.
It will be noticed that less space than usual is given, in these pages, to the events of war, and more to the
This course has been deliberately pursued. It is desirable, no doubt, that the reader
affairs of peace.
should fully understand the way in which every impor-
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