ALDEN, John R. History of Human Society series.
Title: Pioneer America. First British Edition in dustjacket
Publisher:  Hutchinson of London, London, 1966,
Seller ID: 108233
ALDEN, John R. Pioneer America. (London) : Hutchinson of London, (1966). First British Edition. Pp (10),[xi]-xxix,(3),-309,(1),[i]-x,+ 8 pp plates.Maps. Index. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to brown panels to spine. In The History of Human Society series. "The epic story of American society, from pre-Colonial times to the end of the Civil War is unfolded here in a swift and sweeping synthesis. John Alden has sought primarily to put the multitudinous facets of the rich and varied past, so often separately studied by others, into a clear and just perspective. He begins with a notable chapter on the American Indians, and then goes on to the English, French, and other pioneers, emphasizing the educaitonal, religious and political heritageeach brought from Europe. He presents a swift and lucid picture of the Col onial Period, usually shown as an intricate morass of sectarian bickering. He puts the American Revolution, the writing of the constitution, and the opportune Louisiana Purchase into the panorama of world history. He shows how the aristocratic federalists were ousted by a second and more democratic revolution, the Jacksonian, and makes clear the powerful social forces at work. As the pioneers moved west, the very foundations of American society were altered. And the Civil War was a crucial social as well as political turning point" (from the dj). Contents : Introduction (by J...H. Plumb). 1. The American Indians. 2. The English plantings. 3. Jewels of Empire. 4. The Colonial Americans. 5. The Onset of the Revolution. 6. The Revolutionary climax. 7. A New order. 8. a Stronger union. 9. The Federalists in the saddle. 10. The Jeffersonian Republic. 11. Over the Appalachions. 12. Gentlemen and Democrats in Washington. 13. The Peculiar South. 14. The American Renaissance. 15. The Offensive against slavery. 16. To the Pacific. 17. Toward tragedy. 18. Union against the Confederacy. 19. The Overthrow of the Confederacy. 20. Changing America. Essay upon Authorities. Browning to front endpapers, else very good in unclipped dustjacket with a few short tears. 25.00