The United States of America: Through the Civil War (Classic Reprint)

The United States of America Through the Civil War Classic Reprint Excerpt from The United States of America Through the Civil WarThis book is intended primarily for college students It aims at something beyond that mere chronicling of the facts of the past in fuller

  • Title: The United States of America: Through the Civil War (Classic Reprint)
  • Author: David Saville Muzzey
  • ISBN: 9781440034695
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Paperback
  • Excerpt from The United States of America Through the Civil WarThis book is intended primarily for college students It aims at something beyond that mere chronicling of the facts of the past in fuller detail which often makes the advanced history text only the elementary book writ large In other branches of study there is progression The writer on calculus or me chamicExcerpt from The United States of America Through the Civil WarThis book is intended primarily for college students It aims at something beyond that mere chronicling of the facts of the past in fuller detail which often makes the advanced history text only the elementary book writ large In other branches of study there is progression The writer on calculus or me chamical engineering does not feel it incumbent upon him to restate and explain simple mathematical processes, like factor ing or the extraction of cube root He takes the knowledge of these things for granted But historians are often content to repeat over and over again the same succession of names and dates, instead of attempting to interpret their meaning to ma turing minds This is what gives so many students the impres sion that history is a discipline of memory of past events, and the content of history a museum of wax figures in no vital rela tion to the society of today Obviously, unless the historian can show that the men and institutions of the past have that inevitable parental relation to present social and political struc tures which the biologist, for example, traces in the develop ment of physical life, history will continue to be remote, unreal, and unrelated.As a succession of happenings the past, even the most recent past, is forever gone It is as far beyond our reach as the moons of Jupiter It is behind our back, too The entire and increasing work of our life is the unceasing creation of a future with our present materials as in the case of the traveler who lays the corduroy road ahead of him log by log Because our present material is the heritage of the long past, that past has eternal significance in determining the direction of the road which we lay.Such IS the spirit in which this book has been written Its subject 15 the development of the American ideal of democracy.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books Find at forgottenbooksThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work Forgotten Books uses state of the art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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