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DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT, .
BE IT REMEMBERED, Tłat on the eighth day of March, in the forty:
seropth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Rev. Charles

A Goodrich, of the said District katl. deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof ba claim u author, in the words following--to wit: "A bistory of the United States

of America, by Rev. Charles A. Goodrich, with engravings." In conformity to the Act of the Cave free of the United Sutas, entitled “An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies

Maria, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies, during the thenes thereia mation

CHAS. A. INGERSOLL,

Cler's of the District of Connecticut. A low copy of Rusurd, erniued and sealed by mhe.

CHAS. A. INGERSOLI.,

Clark of the District of Connecticut.

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Some time since, the author published a History of the United States for schools, the plan of which, though novel, met with general approbation. Encouraged by this sanction of a work, originally offered with much diffidence, the author ventures to bring before the public the present volume, founded upon the work above-mentioned, but somewhat expanded, both in respect to leading facts, and minute details.

As to the views which led the author to adapt plan, in treating a historical subject, so widely

departing from precedent and authority, he would Crefer to his preface to the school book for an ex

planation. Whether these views will satisfy every one of the excellence of the plan, or not, it is hoped, that they may at least rescue the work from being classed with that deluge of publications, which inundate the country, and which seem to have no better origin than conceit, or pe cuniary speculation.

For the benefit of the reader who may not advert to the work already mentioned, the following explanations may be necessary.

This history of the United States is divided inta eleven periods--cach distinguished by some

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of events; or as they may contribute to support 4 peculiar characteristic. The main purpose of this division is, to aid the memory by presenting certain prominent eras, from which the whole

Kutro subject of dates may be distinctly surveyed, and the object of attaching to each period some distinguishing trait is, that the recollection

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the more readily assign events to their eras, and thus

month determine their dates. Thus, a person acquaintai rien ed with our division of the subject, knows that the top! all discoveries, or nearly all, belong to period I, What ad and therefore lie between the years 1492 and feltes

, in 1607. He is therefore able to fix the date of bes: In any discovery, with sufficient accuracy for all end of a practical purposes. The same will apply to lead citi events belonging to the other periods. The engravings are introduced rather to aid

dry sets the memory in retaining the general division, and the characteristics of each period, than for the purpose of embellishment.

Two sizes of type are employed. The matter es in larger type is designed to give a brief outline of the history of the United States, and may is to be regarded rather in the light of notes, si dhe which, without studying exact regularity, are thrown in, as they may subserve the purposes of per the illustration, and completeness in the delineation

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In entering upon the perusa! of a volume with higher objects in view than those of mere amusement, it is well to place those objects distinctly

before us. What advantages, then, do we prod

pose to ourselves, in perusing the History of the
United States ? In general, it may be said, that
the proper end of all reading is to make “good
men, and good citizens.” But by what particu-

steps is History to subserve this end?
id! 1. History sets before us striking instances oi
i virtue, enterprise, courage, generosity, patriot-

ism; and, by a natural principle of emulation,
incites us to copy such noble examples. History
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presents us with pictures of the vicious ultinemately overtaken by misery and shame, and thus

solemnly warns us against vice.

2. History, to use the words of Professor

Tytler, is the school of politics. That is, it e opens the hidden springs of human affairs; the of

causes of the rise, grandeur, revolutions and fall
of empires ; it points out the influence which the
manners of a people exert upon a government,
and the influence which that government recip-
rocally exerts upon the manners of a people, it

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illustrates the blessings of political union, and GENERA the miseries of faction; the dangers of unbridled liberty, and the mischiefs of despotic power. Observation. In a free country, where every man may

be called upon to discharge important duties, either by his vote, at

unded into cy the administration of office, it is the business of all in be

may be some more or less acquainted with the science of politics. Nothing

Le circumst can better instruct us in this, than the study of history.

first per 5. History displays the dealings of God with hij Ameri monkind. It calls upon us often to regard with stalent awa, nis darker judgments, and again it awak

Disco ens the liveliest emotions of gratitude, for his kind and benignant dispensations. It -cultivates a sense of dependence on him; strengthensourconfidence in his benevolence ; and impresses us So Wor

srcipal com with a conviction of his justice.

izica, were 4. Besides these advantages, the study of His- seri

, durin Lory, if properly conducted, offers others, of inferior importance, indeed, but still they are not stond to be disregarded. It chastens the imagination; ment of Ji improves the taste; furnishes matter for conversation and reflection; enlarges the range

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