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THIRTEEN years' experience in the teaching of American history to college and graduate students has led to the preparation of this book. Some of the material has been printed in tentative form for the use of our own classes ; for instance, the General Readings (Part I, § 56) and the Topical References (Parts II and III) are revised and enlarged from lists which have been tested in everyday use. Since American history is so widely taught, we have hoped that other teachers and other students might find available these lists of references, and also some suggestions on methods of teaching, derived from actual experience in Harvard University, or known to work successfully in other colleges or secondary schools.
In Part I we have therefore placed in type a body of information for teachers, students, readers, and librarians. This includes a set of lists of related books, which may serve investigators, purchasers of libraries, instructors, and workers ; among them are selected lists of state, town, county, and city histories ; national, colonial, state, and local records and statutes ; biographies, writings of statesmen, reminiscences, newspapers, and periodicals ; books of travel, novels, poems, and other illustrative matter. References to most of these books, and to many others of equal value, will be found under the appropriate topics in Parts II and III. The rest of Part I is devoted to descriptions of proved methods of class exercises, of reading history, of written work, and of oral and written tests.
No one can be better aware than the authors of the inadequacy of this work; the immense mass of rich material on American history cannot be condensed into a single volume ; and doubtless much has been omitted that ought to go in, or inserted that might