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Book Review.


A Student's History of the United States, by Professor Channing: The Macmillan Company, Publishers, New York.

In his new history of the United States Professor Channing has prepared a work "primarily designed," as he says, "for the use of students in their last year in the High School; but the book can be adapted to the need of lower grades by the omission of the more difficult topics, or it can be used in Normal Schools and in colleges by the addition of more collateral reading, map work, note-book work, and written work of one sort or another."

The history begins with the year 1000 and closes with the year 1897. A careful study is made of the geographical influence of the country on its early colonization and history. The period of colonial history is thoroughly treated and from the formation of the Union down to the present day the constitutional as well as political history of the country is carefully analyzed. With the custom of the modern historian more attention is paid to the growth of the constitutional liberty of the nation than to its military achievements, but the latter are by no means neglected. Every event of any importance in our history is described and particular care has been taken concerning the accuracy of every statement made.

A large number of specially prepared maps and illustrations are conveniently placed in the volume and each chapter is headed by a list of books for consultation. The book may therefore be used as a guide to the most complete and searching study of United States history. A series of "Suggestions to Teachers," by Miss Thompson of Thayer Academy is printed at the beginning of the volume and a list of questions is added at the end of each chapter.

The history is most interesting reading for the general reader and should be of the greatest value to the historical student.

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