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Epochs of American History.

Messrs. Longmans, green, & Co. have the pleasure to state that they are now publishing a short series of books treating of the history of America, under the general title Epochs of American History. The series is under the editorship of Dr. Albert Bushnell hart, Assistant Professor of History in Harvard College, who has also prepared all the maps for the several volumes. Each volume contains about 300 pages, similar in size and style to the page of the volumes in Messrs. Longmans' series, “Epochs of modern History,” with full marginal analysis, working bibliographies, maps, and index. The volumes are issued separately, and each is complete in itself. The volumes now ready provide a continuous history of the United States from the foundation of the Colonies to the present time, suited to and intended for class use as well as for general reading and reference.

The volumes of this series already issued have been adopted for use as textbooks in nearly all the leading Colleges and in many Normal Schools and other institutions. A prospectus, showing Contents and scope of each volume, specimen pages, etc., will be sent on application to the Publishers.


I. The colonies, 1492-1750.

By Reuben gold Thwaites, Secretary of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin; author of ‘Historic Waterways,’ etc. With four colored maps. pp. XVIII.-301. Cloth. $1.25.


Cornell University.

‘I beg leave to acknowledge your courtesy in sending me a copy of the first volume in the series of “Epochs of American History,” which I have read with great interest and satisfaction. I am pleased, as everyone must be, with the mechanical execution of the book, with the maps, and with the fresh and valuable ‘Suggestions’ and “References.” .... The work itself appears to me to be quite remarkable for its comprehensiveness, and it presents a vast array of subjects in a way that is admirably fair, clear and orderly.’—Professor Moses Coit Tyler, Ithaca, N. Y.


Williams College.

‘It is just the book needed for college students, not too brief to be uninteresting, admirable in its plan, and well furnished with references to accessible authorities.’—Professor Richard A Rice, Williamstown, Mass.


Vassar College.

‘Perhaps the best recommendation of ‘Thwaites’ American Colonies' is the fact that the day after it was received I ordered copies for class-room use. The book is admirable.’—Professor Lucy M. Salmon, Poughkeepsie, N. Y.

‘All that could be desired. This volume is more like a fair treatment of the whole subject of the colonies than any work of the sort yet produced.’ —The Critic.

‘The subject is virtually a fresh one as approached by Mr. Thwaites. It is a pleasure to call especial attention to some most helpful bibliographical notes provided at the head of each chapter’—The Nation.


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II. Formation of the Union, 1750-1829.

By Albert Bushnell hart, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of History in

Harvard University, Member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Author of ‘Introduction to the Study of Federal Government,’ ‘Epoch Maps,’ etc. With five colored maps. pp. XX.-278. Cloth. $i 25.

The second volume of the Epochs of American History aims to follow out the principles laid down for ‘the Colonies,’—the study of causes rather than of events, the development of the American nation out of scattered and inharmonious colonies. The throwing off of English control, the growth out of narrow political conditions, the struggle against foreign domination, and the extension of popular government, are all parts of the uninterrupted process of the Formation of the Union.


Leland Stanford Jr. University.

‘The large and sweeping treatment of the subject, which shows the true relations of the events preceding and following the revolution, to the revolution itself, is a real addition to the literature of the subject; while the bibliography prefixed to each chapter, adds incalculably to the value of the work.’—Mary Sheldon Barnes,. Palo Alto, Cal.

‘It is a careful and conscientious study of the period and its events, and should find a place among the text-books of our public schools.’ —Boston Transcript.

Professor Hart has compressed a vast deal of information into his volume, and makes many things most clear and striking. His maps, showing the territorial growth of the United States, are extremely interesting.’ —New York Times. ‘. . The causes of the Revolution are clearly and cleverly condensed into a few pages. . The maps in the work are singularly useful even to adults. There are five of these, which are alone worth the price of the volume.’ —Magazine of American History.

‘The formation period of our nation is treated with much care and with great precision. Each chapter is prefaced with copious references to authorities, which are valuable to the student who desires to pursue his reading more extensively. There are five valuable maps showing the growth of our country by successive stages and repeated acquisition of territory.’ —Boston Advertiser.

Dr. Hart is not only a master of the art of condensation, . . . he is what is even of greater importance, an interpreter of history. He perceives the logic of historic events; hence, in his condensation, he does not neglect proportion, and more than once he gives the student valuable clues to the solution of historical problems.’—Atlantic Monthly.

‘A valuable volume of a valuable series. The author has written with a full knowledge of his subject, and we have little to say except in praise.’ —English Historical Review.


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III. Division and re-union, 1829-1889.

By Woodrow Wilson, Ph.D., Ll.D., Professor of Jurisprudence in Princeton College; Author of ‘Congressional Government,’ ‘The State—Elements of Historical and Practical Politics,’ etc., etc. With five colored Maps. 346 pages. Cloth, $1.25.

‘We regret that we have not space for more quotations from this uncommonly strong, impartial, interesting book. Giving only enough facts to elucidate the matter discussed, it omits no important questions. It furnishes the reader clear-cut views of the right and the wrong of them all. It gives admirable pen-portraits of the great personages of the period with as much freedom from bias, and as much pains to be just, as if the author were delineating Pericles, or Alcibiades, Sulla, or Caesar. Dr. Wilson has earned the gratitude of seekers after truth by his masterly production.’—N. C. University Magazine.

‘This admirable little volume is one of the few books which nearly meet our ideal of history. It is causal history in the truest sense, tracing the workings of latent influences and far-reaching conditions of their outcome in striking fact, yet the whole current of events is kept in view, and the great personalities of the time, the nerve-centers of history, live intensely and in due proportion in these pages. We do not know the equal of this book for a brief and trustworthy, and, at the same time, a brilliantly written and sufficient history of these sixty years. We heartily commend it, not only for general reading, but as an admirable text-book.’—Post-Graduate and Wooster Quarterly.

‘Considered as a general history of the United States from 1829 to 1889, his book is marked by excellent sense of proportion, extensive knowledge, impartiality of judgment, unusual power of summarizing, and an acute political sense. Few writers can more vividly set forth the views of parties.’ —Atlantic Monthly.

‘Students of United States history may thank Mr. Wilson for an extremely clear and careful rendering of a period very difficult to handle . . . they will find themselves materially aided in easy comprehension of the political situation of the country by the excellent maps.’—N. Y Times.

Professor Wilson writes in a clear and forcible style. . . . The bibliographical references at the head of each chapter are both well selected and well arranged, and add greatly to the value of the work, which appears to be especially designed for use in instruction in colleges and preparatory schools.’ —Yale Review.

‘It is written in a style admirably clear, vigorous, and attractive, a thorough grasp of the subject is shown, and the development of the theme is lucid and orderly, while the tone is judicial and fair, and the deductions sensible and dispassionate-so far as we can see . . . It would be difficult to construct a better manual of the subject than this, and it adds greatly to the value of this useful series.’—Hartford Courant.

‘. . . One of the most valuable historical works that has appeared in many years. The delicate period of our country's history, with which this work is largely taken up, is treated by the author with an impartiality that is almost unique.’—Columbia Law Times.

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