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OF

AMERICAN HISTORY

1606-1898

EDITED WITH NOTES

By

WILLIAM MACDONALD

PROFESSOR OF HISTORY IN BROWN UNIVERSITY

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THE MACMILLAN COMPANY
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Set up and electrótyped. Published August, 1908. Reprinted
February, September, 1909; January, 1911; August, 1913;
December, 1914.

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PREFACE

THE present volume has been prepared in response to a
request, frequently made by teachers who have used my “Select
Charters,” “Select Documents,” and “Select Statutes,” for a
briefer collection of documents particularly designed for courses
of instruction of an elementary or comprehensive character,
or which cover both the colonial and the constitutional peri-
ods of American history in a single year. In making the
selection, accordingly, I have aimed to include such documents
only as experience has shown to be most necessary or useful
in comprehensive courses, bearing in mind the time available
for the average student. The texts are the same as those in
the three volumes named above, except the treaties, which here
follow the better text in the United States Statutes at Large.
Many of the documents, however, have been further condensed
by the omission of formal, technical, or relatively unimportant
provisions; a few errors in the earlier volumes have been cor-
rected; and some changes have been made in the notes. I shall
be glad if the volume serves to facilitate the study, especially
in elementary courses, of the documentary sources of American

history.
WILLIAM MACDONALD.
PROVIDENCE, RHoDE ISLAND,

July, 1908.

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