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Short Stories of the New America Interpreting the America of this age to high school boys and girls   By:

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SHORT STORIES OF THE NEW AMERICA

INTERPRETING THE AMERICA OF THIS AGE TO HIGH SCHOOL BOYS AND GIRLS

SELECTED AND EDITED BY

MARY A. LASELLE OF THE NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS, HIGH SCHOOLS

NEW YORK HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY 1919

Copyright, 1919 BY HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY

PREFACE

The purpose of this book of short stories of modern American life is twofold.

First, these narratives give an interpretation of certain great forces and movements in the life of this age. All the authors represented are especially qualified to describe with force and feeling some phase of contemporary life.

Thinking people everywhere realize that it is not enough to place before the pupils in the schools the bare facts in regard to community and national life. The heart must be warmed, the feelings must be stirred, before the will can be aroused to noble action in any great movement.

President Wilson has urged school officers to increase materially the time and attention devoted to instruction bearing directly upon the problems of community and national life. This was not a plea for the temporary enlargement of the school programme, appropriate merely to the period of the war, but a plea for the realization in public education of the new emphasis which the war has given to the ideals of democracy.

The first aim of this book, then, is to help to place clearly before young people the ideals of America through the medium of literature that will grip the attention and quicken the will to action.

Second, librarians have stated that there are very few compilations of modern short stories of interest and significance with which to meet the needs of young people who turn to the libraries for help in reading.

It is hoped that this book may be of real value in the schools, by clothing the dry bones of civics with significant and interesting material, and that it may also supply a need of the libraries and the homes for a book of live and valuable short stories.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. A Little Kansas Leaven. Canfield 1 II. The Survivors. Singmaster 43 III. The Wildcat. Terhune 55 IV. The Citizen. Dwyer 85 V. The Indian of the Reservation. Coolidge 109 VI. The Night Attack. Pier 119 VII. The Path of Glory. Pulver 133 VIII. Sergt. Warren Comes Back from France. Ames 171 IX. The Coward. Empey 181 X. Ch√Ęteau Thierry. Bartlett 199

SOMETHING ABOUT THE AUTHORS AND THE STORIES

Dorothy Canfield (Dorothea Frances Canfield Fisher), the author of Home Fires in France from which "A Little Kansas Leaven" was taken, is one of the most convincing and brilliant writers of the times. She always writes with a purpose, but as all of her work is characterized by originality, clearness, and the vital quality of human sympathy, there is not a dull line in any of her fiction or her educational writings.

Home Fires in France is a truthful record of Mrs. Fisher's impressions of life in tragic, devastated France during the Great War. During much of this period the author was working for the relief of those made blind by war. The tremendous appeal to America made by this book testifies to the sincerity and the genius of the author... Continue reading book >>




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