History of the United States, Vol. I

Charles Austin Beard (1874 - 1948) and Mary Ritter Beard (1876 - 1958)

Charles Austin Beard was the most influential American historian of the early 20th century. He published hundreds of monographs, textbooks and interpretive studies in both history and political science. He graduated from DePauw University in 1898, where he met and eventually married Mary Ritter Beard, one of the founders of the first greek-letter society for women, Kappa Alpha Theta. Many of his books were written in collaboration with his wife, whose own interests lay in feminism and the labor union movement (Woman as a Force in History, 1946).

In 1921, Charles and Mary Beard published their History of the United States. A contemporaneous review stated: The authors… assume enough maturity in high school students to justify a topical rather than a chronological treatment. They have dealt with movements, have sketched large backgrounds, have traced causes, and have discussed the interrelation of social and economic forces and politics. All this has been directed to the large purpose of helping the student to understand American today in all its national characteristics and as part of world civilization as well…The literary style is exceptionally clear and crisp, and the whole approach…is thought producing. As a textbook or handbook for the average citizen it ranks with very best.

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, History

Language: English

Group: History of the United States

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface ML Cohen
Play 01 The Great Migration to America/The Agencies of American Colonization JohnL
Play 02 The Colonial Peoples Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Play 03 The Process of Colonization ontheroad
Play 04 Colonial Agriculture, Industry, and Commerce/The Land and the Westward Movement rachelellen
Play 05 Industrial and Commercial Development Sibella Denton
Play 06 Social and Political Progress/The Leadership of the Churches Leon Mire
Play 07 Schools and Colleges Sibella Denton
Play 08 The Colonial Press Chris Chapman
Play 09 The Evolution in Political Institutions Sibella Denton
Play 10 The Development of Colonial Nationalism/Relations with the Indians and the French tipaew
Play 11 The Effects of Warfare on the Colonies Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Play 12 Colonial Relations with the British Government Sibella Denton
Play 13 Summary of Colonial Period ML Cohen