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A Brief History of the United States   By: (1852-1932)

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John Bach McMaster's A Brief History of the United States offers a comprehensive overview of the nation's development, from its early colonial days to the end of the 19th century. With a clear and concise writing style, McMaster takes readers on an illuminating journey through pivotal moments and key figures in American history.

One notable aspect of this book is McMaster's ability to seamlessly weave together political, social, and economic history. He delves into the motivations and actions of individuals such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, while also examining broader social movements, such as the antebellum period and the Progressive Era. This holistic approach provides readers with a well-rounded understanding of the forces that shaped the United States.

Furthermore, McMaster's attention to detail is commendable. He not only provides a chronological account of events but also delves into the underlying causes and consequences of historical developments. Whether discussing the Revolutionary War or Reconstruction, McMaster digs deep into the complexities and nuances of each era, offering readers a nuanced and rich perspective on American history. This depth of analysis sets this book apart from others in the field.

One minor drawback of A Brief History of the United States is that, at times, its sweeping scope can feel overwhelming. McMaster covers a vast range of material, and as a result, some sections may feel rushed or condensed. However, this can be forgiven considering the ambitious scope of the book and its goal of providing a concise history.

Overall, A Brief History of the United States by John Bach McMaster is an excellent resource for anyone seeking a comprehensive understanding of American history. With its engaging writing style, meticulous research, and insightful analysis, McMaster's work serves as a valuable tool for both students and enthusiasts of U.S. history. This book is a testament to the author's dedication and expertise, making it a deserving addition to any history lover's bookshelf.

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[Illustration: GEORGE WASHINGTON. Painted by Rembrandt Peale.]


It is not too much to assert that most of our countrymen acquire at school all the knowledge they possess of the past history of their country. In view of this fact it is most desirable that a history of the United States for elementary schools should present not only the essential features of our country's progress which all should learn, but also many things of secondary consequence which it is well for every young American to know.

In this book the text proper consists of the essentials, and these are told in as few words as truth and fairness will permit. The notes, which form a large part of the book, include the matters of less fundamental importance: they may be included in the required lessons, or may be omitted, as the teacher thinks proper; however, they should at least be read. Some of the notes are outline biographies of men whose acts require mention in the text and who ought not to be mere names, nor appear suddenly without any statement of their earlier careers. Others are intended to be fuller statements of important events briefly described or narrated in the text, or relate to interesting events that are of only secondary importance... Continue reading book >>

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