It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. — Abraham Lincoln

Story of the Great Republic - Helene Guerber

This book is the second volume of Guerber's American history series. It covers United States history from just after the Revolutionary War to the beginning of the 20th century. Guerber uses short, story-based based narratives, each based on a particular character or incident, to tell the story of America from the founding throughout the 19th century. An excellent introduction to American history for middle school students.

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This volume is intended as an historical reader, as an elementary text-book in the history of our country from the framing of the Constitution to the present day, or as an introduction or supplement to any of the excellent text-books on United States history now in use.

Although complete in itself, and hence quite independent, it is nevertheless a sequel to The Story of the Thirteen Colonies, for it takes up the thread of the narrative at the point where it was dropped in that book, and carries it on unbroken to the present date.

No pains have been spared to interest children in the history of their country, to explain its gradual development, to teach them to love, honor, and emulate our heroes, and to make them so familiar with the lives and sayings of famous Americans that they will have no difficulty in understanding the full meaning of the numerous historical allusions so frequently found in the newspapers and elsewhere.

While a special effort has been made to cultivate a spirit of fairness and charity in dealing with every phase of our history, the writer's main object has been to make good men and women of the rising generation, as well as loyal Americans.

As in The Story of the Thirteen Colonies, the pronunciation of difficult proper names is indicated in the text, and also, more fully, in the carefully marked index.

Hints For Teachers

In addition to its use as a reader, this book is of such a character that its stories can serve as themes for daily exercises in dictation and composition.

Also, such play-work as short and lively memory matches (on the plan of a spelling match) is of great help. Stimulated by it, the pupils soon pride themselves on remembering most of the facts and names after reading the chapters only once or twice.

In these ways children acquire considerable historical knowledge without any actual study, a fact which is of great importance, as many children leave school before they are sufficiently advanced to enter a history class.

It is also suggested that each place mentioned in the lesson should be carefully located on maps, by such means as are indicated in the Hints for Teachers in "The Story of the Thirteen Colonies." The pupils will then make rapid and unconscious progress in geographical as well as historical knowledge.

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Front Matter

The Beginning of the U.S
Franklin's Return
Troubles After the War
The Constitution
The First President
Washington's Troubles
A Wonderful Invention
Death of Washington
The U.S. Buys Land
War With African Pirates
Death of Somers
The First Steamboat
The Gerrymander
The War of 1812
"Don't Give Up the Ship"
The Star-Spangled Banner
Clinton's "Big Ditch"
More Land Bought
Jackson Stories
Jackson's Presidency
New Inventions
Whitman's Ride
The Mormons
The First Telegraph
The Mexican War
The Slavery Quarrel
Daniel Webster's Youth
Webster's Speeches
Early Times in California
Discovery of El Dorado
Rush to California
The Underground Railroad
The First World's Fair
John Brown's Raid
Lincoln's Youth
The First Shot
The Call to Arms
The President's Decision
Admiral Farragut
The Monitor and Merrimac
The Penninsular Campaign
Barbara Frietchie
Lincoln's Vow
The Battle of Gettysburg
The Taking of Vicksburg
Riots, Raids, and Battles
The Burning of Atlanta
The March to the Sea
Sheridan's Ride
The Doings of the Fleet
Lee's Surrender
Decoration Day
Lincoln Stories
Lincoln's Rebukes
A President's Son
A Noble Southerner
Hard Times in the South
The Atlantic Cable
Best Way to Settle Quarrels
Our One Hundredth Birthday
Gold for Greenbacks
A Clever Engineer
Death of Garfield
The Celebration at Yorktown
The Great Statue
A Terrible Flood
Lynch Law
The Great White City
The Explosion of the Maine
The Battle of Manila
Hobson's Brave Deed
Surrender of Santiago
The Hawaiian Islands
The Annexation of Hawaii
The Philippine War
Assassination of McKinley
The Panama Canal
Roosevelt's Administration
Two Presidents
German Views
The World War
Since the World War