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A Short History of the United States

Edward Channing

Book Overview: 

Channing’s best known work, A History of the United States, is regarded as one of the most complete and accurate accounts of American history.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Colonial congresses were no new thing. There had been many meetings of governors and delegates from colonial assemblies. The most important of the early congresses was the Albany Congress of 1754. It was important because it proposed a plan of union. The plan was drawn up by Benjamin Franklin. But neither the king nor the colonists liked it, and it was not adopted. All these earlier congresses had been summoned by the king's officers to arrange expeditions against the French or to make treaties with the Indians. The Stamp Act Congress was summoned by the colonists to protest against the doings of king and Parliament.

Declaration of the Rights and Grievances of the Colonists, 1765. McMaster, 115.

111. Work of the Stamp Act Congress.--Delegates from nine colonies met at New York in October, 1765. They drew up a "Declaration of the Rights and Grievances of the Colonists." In this paper they declared that the colonists, as subjects of the Briti. . . Read More

Community Reviews

It's not a well written book, by any means, but if you want an abridged version of US history, i recommend it. There are several events covered in the book that were ,certainly, never discussed in history class

A bunch of facts set up chronologically up through the Spanish War up till about 1900. A goods thing to review from time to time; this is a traditional read like a school textbook - heavy pro-American, settler, government bias. So not as interesting to deliberate unfortunately.

This is a strange little book. It is literally a paragraph or less of each happening in the United States from the first European explorers until 1900. Each paragraph begins with sources for further reading. The summary helped explain a few details I was previously "fuzzy" about. I highlighted a few

I don't fit the intended audience for this book. I am 60 years old and have become very interested in history as a way of understanding the world we live in now. Sadly I don't remember much of the US history I learned in grammar school.

I liked this book because of its brevity. It is mainly facts and

Not remarkable, just presents a traditional understanding of American history up to 1900 without making the information interesting or any serious attempt at unique analysis.

Excellent text on the important people and events in the formation and development of the US from discovery to 1900. It is interesting reading a history text written in 1920's as the perspective is different. For instance in this text there is no mention of the Indian wars and the way Native America

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