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G. P. QUACKENBOS, LL. D.,
SITION AND RHETORIC," ETC.
First books, on any subject, should be simple and attractive. The beginner should never be discouraged by words that he does not understand, or sentences of great and complicated structure. He should find his text-book interesting, and be won to study by the pleasant trains of thought it suggests and charms of style and story. He will otherwise be apt to conceive a dislike to the subject treated, and may feel the ill effects of a bad beginning throughout his whole subsequent course of study.
These principles have been kept in view during the preparation of the present volume. The author has here endeavored to present the history of our country so clearly that it may be studied with profit at an early age. Leading events are presented, but without any repulsive array of minute details, dates, or figures.
We all know the fondness of the young for stories; truthful anecdotes have therefore been interspersed throughout. To please the eye, as well as awaken thought, numerous engravings, designed with strict regard to historic truth, have been introduced. The form of a continuous narrative has been adopted as preferable for reading purposes, but questions bringing out the leading facts are presented at the bottom of each page, which may be used by the learner in preparing himself and by the teacher at recitation.
It is hoped that this book will be found comprehensive and thorough, as well as easy and interesting. Used independently, it is believed that it will give a fair and correct idea of our country's history; when a more extended course is desired, it may with advantage be followed by the author's “Illustrated School History of the United States”.
New York, August 1, 1860.
In the present edition, the former text remains unaltered; the form of the book has been changed, new maps have been introduced, tables with questions on them have been added, and the whole has been brought down to July, 1868.
ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1860, by G. P. QUACKENBOS,
ENTERED, according to Act of Congresa, in the year 1868, by G. P. QUACKEN BOS,
1. The Earth is round, like a ball. It contains two large divisions of land, called Continents. One lies in the east, and is called the Eastern Continent. The other lies in the west, and is called the Western Continent. These two continents are separated on one side by the broad Atlantic Ocean, and on the other by the Pacific, which is still broader. The map given above shows these continents and oceans.
2. The United States, in which we live, is part of North
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