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VOL. XVIII. No.4.                      OCTOBER, 1909.



Volume VI of "A History of the United States and its People,"

by Elroy M. Avery, is just received. In elegance of paper and me-

chanical effect, in richness of illustration, maps, charts, fac-similes of

documents and reproductions of paintings in original colors, this volume

is fully equal to its predecessors. We have in notices of the previous

volumes sufficiently commented upon the typographical character of the

work. Volume six, before us, carries the reader through the American

Revolution, to the Confederation and the Ordinance of 1787. The

twenty chapters, embracing 475 pages, open with the New York Cam-

paign and deal in succession with the military movements and results,

foreign complications and governmental constructive measures leading

to the formation of the union of states. This period of American history

has been covered a hundred times by other American and foreign his-

torians and Mr. Avery meets this flood of competition with the same

excellency and indeed superiority that stamps his recital to the present

volume. The chapter on Foreign Relations and French Alliance, and

on New Governments, State and Confederate, are concise and lucid,

while his description of the conflict for Independence on the tented field;

the campaigns, sieges, battles, repulses and victories are vivid and in

style and sentiment reflective of the patriotic spirit, indomitable courage

and patience of the heroes who fought, bled and died for the cause

of human liberty, equal rights and untrammeled opportunities.  The

tale of the American Revolution, with its romance, heroism, suffering

and triumph is the old, old story of our national birth. It was never

told more charmingly than by Mr. Avery, the simplicity and clearness

of his narrative sweeps the reader adown the current of events with

an earnestness and a picturesqueness that is unsurpassed. The school

boy and the learned scholar may enjoy it alike. There is not a page

dull or heavy, the warriors and statesmen live and breathe and perform

their parts like actors before the imaginative vision of the reader. The

chapter on the "Border Warfare and Northwest Conquest" is especially

complete and satisfactory. The romantic expedition of George Rogers

Clark, by which the Northwest Territory was saved to the American

Union and the operations of the Western Indians during the Revolu-

tion period are given due importance and proper treatment. As we

have had occasion to remark, concerning previous volumes, Mr. Avery

has given the western history of our country proportionate considera-

tion, accorded it by no other so-called complete United States history.

Nearly all other writers, mainly New Englanders, have emphasized the