Excerpt from An Introduction to American History: European Beginnings America. Of this distinction Miss Atkinson has been clearly con scious, and she has consistently viewed England t for its own sake but as our simplest and most elementary illustration of that general development of European culture which must form the background of an intelligent study of our own history. Miss Atkinson has had always before her those salutary warnings which Professor Johnson has'so comprehensively stated in his admirable pamphlet on History in the Elementary Schools. She has sedulously omitted everything which she could t treat in sufficient detail to make clear and interesting. I venture to hope that ne of those ready but meaningless formulas which invite mere memorizing have slipped in, in spite of our vigilance, and that the form of statement chosen meets in every case the demands both of the pupil's mind and of historic accuracy. But this is 'a great deal to expect. In spite of the necessary limitations it is sur prising to see what a large number of interesting and important matters it has proved possible to compact into the volume, without haste or crowding. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.