[v] THIS volume, together with Book I of "Builders of
Our Country," includes the biographies of more than
fifty men prominent in our country's history.
Biographical study, more than other methods, makes
history real. It creates ideals and arouses ambitions in
the child to a greater degree perhaps than can be gained
through any other means.
The two volumes of "Builders of Our Country" may
be used as basal texts for a two years' course, preceding
the more detailed study of American history. The
biographies are so chosen that the chief events in American
history, from its beginning to the present day, are included,
and their chronological relationship is made clear. The
pupil thus, before taking up the more formal study of
history, acquires a knowledge of the chief personages and
events in our national life. The author hopes that the
volumes will also be found acceptable for use as
supplementary or collateral reading in United States History.
It may be noted that the stories in this volume
conform minutely to the requirements for the Sixth Grade,
set down in the new elementary syllabus of the
Department of Education of the State of New York.
May 7. 1907.