Excerpt from Concise History of the American People, From the Discoveries of the Continent to the Present Time, Vol. 1
In these latter days public documents are published to the world, and the materials of history become accessible to all. By this means the main and leading facts of the late War are as well known to-day as they ever will be, with the exception of a few instances in the career of individuals which will be revealed when the Life and Times of each comes to be written. This latter class of material, however unfortunately often largely embellished and explained by after-thoughts, may throw light upon personal motives and actions, but will shed little upon the great events themselves. For in the late exciting period statesmen groped their way; no man saw the end from the beginning. An overruling Hand brought about the great result, not by the plannings of men, but in spite of them.
It is hoped that the intelligent reader will find in this volume a succinct as well as a comprehensive view of the history of the American people, and of the inﬂuences that have formed their characteristics and their Government.
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