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

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In John Bach McMaster's A School History of the United States, readers are taken on a comprehensive journey through the various chapters of American history. From the early Native American tribes to the founding of the nation and its subsequent development, McMaster ambitiously covers an extensive timeline, ensuring that no significant period is left untouched.

One commendable aspect of this book is the author's ability to bring history to life through engaging storytelling. As readers turn the pages, they will find themselves captivated by the vivid narratives and detailed descriptions of key events. McMaster excels at creating a strong sense of time and place, allowing readers to visualize the historical settings and feel a personal connection to the stories being told.

Furthermore, the book's organization deserves praise. McMaster carefully structures each chapter, ensuring a logical and cohesive flow of information. This enables readers to follow the historical progression effortlessly and grasp the connections between different events and eras. By presenting history in a coherent manner, McMaster makes the subject matter more accessible to students and readers who may be new to this period of American history.

One of the book's notable strengths lies in its inclusivity. McMaster recognizes the importance of presenting a balanced narrative, incorporating the perspectives of different groups and individuals throughout history. By doing so, he successfully avoids the pitfalls of a one-sided account that may portray certain events or figures in a skewed light. This inclusive approach enables readers to gain a more nuanced understanding of the complexities of American history.

However, it is worth noting that the book occasionally suffers from an overload of factual information. While McMaster's attention to detail is commendable, at times, the sheer volume of facts and figures may overwhelm readers, especially those who are less familiar with the subject matter. Striking a careful balance between relaying essential information and avoiding overwhelming the audience could certainly enhance the reader's experience.

In conclusion, A School History of the United States by John Bach McMaster is a commendable introduction to the vast tapestry of American history. McMaster's engaging storytelling, meticulous organization, and inclusive approach make this book a valuable resource for students and readers alike. Though occasionally heavy on facts, this comprehensive account provides an insightful, accessible, and thought-provoking journey through the nation's past.

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It has long been the custom to begin the history of our country with the discovery of the New World by Columbus. To some extent this is both wise and necessary; but in following it in this instance the attempt has been made to treat the colonial period as the childhood of the United States; to have it bear the same relation to our later career that the account of the youth of a great man should bear to that of his maturer years, and to confine it to the narration of such events as are really necessary to a correct understanding of what has happened since 1776.

The story, therefore, has been restricted to the discoveries, explorations, and settlements within the United States by the English, French, Spaniards, and Dutch; to the expulsion of the French by the English; to the planting of the thirteen colonies on the Atlantic seaboard; to the origin and progress of the quarrel which ended with the rise of thirteen sovereign free and independent states, and to the growth of such political institutions as began in colonial times. This period once passed, the long struggle for a government followed till our present Constitution one of the most remarkable political instruments ever framed by man was adopted, and a nation founded... Continue reading book >>

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