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For school use or for extended private reading, a larger collection of the standard works on the period 1750-1829 is necessary. The following books ought to cost about a hundred and fifty dollars. Many may be had at secondhand through dealers, or by advertising in the _Publishers' Weekly_.

Additional titles may be found in the bibliographies at the heads of the chapters, and through the formal bibliographies, such as Foster's _References to Presidential Administrations_, Winsor's _Narrative and Critical History_, Bowker and Iles's _Reader's Guide_, and Channing and Hart's _Guide_.

1-23. The books enumerated in the two lists above.

24-32. HENRY ADAMS: _History of the United States of America_. 9 vols. New York: Scribners, 1889-1891.--Period, 1801-1817. Divided into four sets, for the first and second administrations of Jefferson and of Madison; each set obtainable separately. The best history of the period.

33. HENRY ADAMS: _John Randolph (American Statesmen Series)_. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1882.

34-43. GEORGE BANCROFT: _History of the United States, from the Discovery of the American Continent_. 10 vols. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1834- 1874.--Vols. IV.-X. cover the period 1748-1782. Of the third edition, or "author's last revision," in six volumes (New York: Appleton, 1883-1885), Vols. III.-VI. cover the period 1763-1789. The work is rhetorical and lacks unity, but is valuable for facts.

44. WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT and SYDNEY HOWARD GAY: _A Popular History of the United States_. 4 vols. New York: Scribners, 1876-1881.--Entirely the work of Mr. Gay. Well written and well illustrated.

45,46. JOHN FISKE: _The American Revolution_. 2 vols. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1891.

47. JOHN FISKE: _The Critical Period of American History_, 1783-1789. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1888.--Remarkable narrative style.

48. DANIEL C. GILMAN: _James Monroe (American Statesmen Series)_. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1883.

49-52. RICHARD HILDRETH: _The History of the United States of America_. Two series, each 3 vols. New York: Harpers, 1849-1856 (also later editions from the same plates).--Vols. II.-VI. cover the period 1750-1821. Very full and accurate, but without foot-notes. Federalist standpoint.

53. JAMES K. HOSMER: _Samuel Adams (American Statesmen Series)_. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1885.

54-57. JOHN BACH MCMASTER: _A History of the People of the United States, from the Revolution to the Civil War_. 4 vols. New York: Appleton, 1883-1895.--The four volumes published cover the period 1784-1820. The point of view in the first volume is that of social history; in later volumes there is more political discussion.

58. JOHN T. MORSE, JR.: _Benjamin Franklin (American Statesmen Series)_. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1889.

59, 60. FRANCIS PARKMAN: _Montcalm and Wolfe_. 2 vols. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1885.

61. GEORGE PELLEW: _John Jay (American Statesmen Series)_. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1890.

62, 63. TIMOTHY PITKIN: _A Political and Civil History of the United States of America, from the Year 1763 to the Close of the Administration of President Washington, in March, 1797_. 2 vols. New Haven: Howe and Durrie & Peck, 1828.--An old book, but well written, and suggestive as to economic and social conditions.

64. THEODORE ROOSEVELT:_ Gouverneur Morris (American Statesmen Series)_. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1888.

65. JOHN AUSTIN STEVENS: _Albert Gallatin (American Statesmen Series)_. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1884.

66-69. GEORGE TUCKER: _The History of the United States, from their Colonization to the End of the Twenty-Sixth Congress, in 1841_. 4 vols. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1856-1857.--Practically begins in 1774. Written from a Southern standpoint.

70. MOSES COIT TYLER: _Patrick Henry (American Statesmen Series)_. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1887.

71-78. JUSTIN WINSOR: _Narrative and Critical History of America_. 8 vols. Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1886-1889.--Vol. VI. And part of Vol. VII. cover the period 1750-1789. The rest of Vol. VII. covers the period 1789-1830. Remarkable for its learning and its bibliography, but not a consecutive history.


In the above collections are not included the sources which are necessary for proper school and college work. References will be found in the bibliographies preceding each chapter below, and through the other bibliographies there cited.


CHAPTER I. THE AMERICANS IN 1750. 1. References--2. Colonial geography--3. The people and their distribution--4. Inherited institutions--5. Colonial development of English institutions--6. Local government in the colonies--7. Colonial government--8. English control of the colonies--9. Social and economic conditions--10. Colonial slavery.

CHAPTER II. EXPULSION OF THE FRENCH (1750-1763). 11. References--12. Rival claims in North America (1690-1754)--13. Collisions on the frontier (1749-1754)--14. The strength of the parties (1754)--15. Congress of Albany (1754)--16. Military operations (1755- 1757)--17. The conquest of Canada (1758-1760)--18. Geographical results of the war (1763)--19. The colonies during the war (1754-1763)--20. Political effects of the war (1763).

CHAPTER III. CAUSES OF THE REVOLUTION (1763-1775). 21. References--22. Condition of the British Empire (1763)--23. New schemes of colonial regulation (1763)--24. Writs of Assistance (1761- 1764)--25. The Stamp Act (1763-1765)--26. The Stamp Act Congress (1765)-- 27. Revenue acts (1767)--28. Colonial protests and repeal (1767-1770)--29. Spirit of violence in the colonies (1770-1773)--30. Coercive acts of 1774 --31. The First Continental Congress (1774)--32. Outbreak of hostilities (1775)--33. Justification of the Revolution.

CHAPTER IV. UNION AND INDEPENDENCE (1775-1783). 34. References--35. The strength of the combatants (1775)--36. The Second Continental Congress (1775)--37. The national government formed (1775)-- 38. Independence declared (1776)--39. New State governments formed (1775- 1777)--40. The first period of the war (1775-1778)--41. Foreign relations (1776-1780)--42. The war ended (1778-1782)--43. Finances of the Revolution (1775-1783)--44. Internal difficulties (1775-1782)--45. Formation of a Constitution (1776-1781)--46. Peace negotiated (1781-1783)--47. Political effects of the war (1775-1783).

CHAPTER V. THE CONFEDERATION (1781-1788). 48. References--49. The United States in 1781--50. Form of the government (1781-1788)--51. Disbandment of the army (1783)--52. Territorial settlement with the States (1781-1802)--53. Finances (1781-1788)--54. Disorders in the States (1781-1788)--55. Slavery (1777-1788)--56. Foreign relations and commerce (1781-1788)--57. Disintegration of the Union (1786, 1787)--58. Reorganization attempted (1781-1787).

CHAPTER VI. THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION (1787-1789). 59. References--60. The Federal Convention assembled (1787)--61. Difficulties of the convention (1787)--62. Sources of the Constitution-- 63. The great compromises (1787)--64. Details of the Constitution (1787)-- 65. Difficulties of ratification (1787, 1788)--66. State conventions (1787, 1788)--67. Expiration of the Confederation (1788)--68. Was the Constitution a compact?

CHAPTER VII. ORGANIZATION OF THE GOVERNMENT (1789-1793). 69. References--70. Geography of the United States in 1789--71. The people of the United States in 1789--72. Political methods in 1789--73. Organization of Congress (1789)--74. Organization of the Executive (1789, 1790)--75. Organization of the courts (1789-1793)--76. Revenue and protection (1789, 1790)--77. National and State debts (1789, 1790)--78. United States Bank (1791, 1792)--79. Slavery questions (1789-1798)--80. The success of the new government (1789-1792).

CHAPTER VIII. FEDERAL SUPREMACY (1793-1801). 81. References--82. Formation of political parties (1792-1794)--83. War between France and England (1793)--84. American neutrality (1793)--85. The Jay Treaty (1794-1796)--86. The Whiskey Rebellion (1794)--87. Election of John Adams (1796)--88. Breach with France (1795-1798)--89. Alien and Sedition Acts (1798)--90. Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions (1798-1800)-- 91. Election of 1800, 1801--92. Causes of the fall of the Federalists.

CHAPTER IX. REPUBLICAN SUPREMACY (1801-1809). 93. References--94. The political revolution of 1801--95. Jefferson's civil service (1801-1803)--96. Attack on the judiciary (1801-1805)--97. The policy of retrenchment (1801-1809)--98. Barbary Wars (1801-1806)--99. Annexation of Louisiana (1803)--100. Federal schemes of disunion (1803- 1809)--101. The Burr conspiracy (1806, 1807)--102. Aggressions on neutral trade (1803-1807)--103. Policy of non resistance (1805-1807)--104. The embargo (1807, 1808)--105. Repeal of the embargo (1809).

CHAPTER X. THE UNION IN DANGER (1809-1815) 106. References--107. Non intercourse laws (1809, 1810)--108. Fruitless negotiations (1809-1811)--109. The war party (1811)--110. Strength of the combatants (1812)--111. War on the northern frontier (1812, 1813)--112. Naval war (1812-1815)--113. Disastrous campaign of 1814--114. Question of the militia (1812-1814)--115. Secession movement in New England (1814)-- 116. Peace of Ghent (1812-1814)--117. Political effects of the war (1815).


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