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А

HISTORY

OF THE

UNITED STATES

OF

America.

BY

REV. CHARLES A. GOODRICH

WITH ENGRAVINGS

THIRD EDITION.

HARTFORD.

PUBLISHED BY BARBER & ROBINSON.

MDCCCXXIV.

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PREFACE.

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 adopt a plan, in treating a historical subject, so widely departing from precedent and authority, he would refer to his preface to the school book for an explanation. 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 publicatiɔns, 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 into eleven periods each distinguished by some

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