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Civil War abounds in deeds of daring and of equally heroic suffering. The controversies over the Wilmot Proviso, the Compromise of 1859 the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and “ Bleeding Kansas" are the precursors (fi the great storm. On the causes, elements, and events of the Civil War there is a wealth of materials. Most of the great military commanders on both sides prepared reports at the time, and wrote memoirs afterward there is a literature of soldiers' letters and reminiscences ; and the civil side of the war is hardly less varied and active. For the last part of the vo ume, there is less of the romantic, yet inuch that arouses the mind.

Teachers will naturally wish to have and to use the full text of some of the authorities which are represented in this volume in brief extract; but from the pieces here printed they can probably enrich their stock of illustrations and cogent facts.

The ordinary literature of the Civil War is in many ways less available to school children than that of earlier periods ; perhaps this volume may therefore be especially helpful for that critical epoch in the topical work which now forms so large a part of the training in history in many schools; the Contemporaries is also meant to form a body of suitable parallel reading in connection with text-books. Little

space has been given in the head-notes to a criticism of the writers from whom extracts have been taken. It is assumed that those who use the book are aware of the necessity of considering how far it is the interest and intention of the source-writers to speak the truth. Unless there is a distinct caution to the contrary, it will be understood that the editor selected the extracts because worthy of credit. It must not, however, be inferred that pieces are chosen simply because they express laudable sentiments : it is quite as important to know what were the arguments against a policy as to know those in favor of it. On contested questions both sides have a hearing throughout this series.

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2. How to Find Sources POR the period covered by this volume there is no comprehensive

bibliography, least of all on post-bellum events. The most corvenient brief bibliography is, William E. Foster, References to the Histin of Presidential Administrations ; Channing and Hart, Guide to the Stas of American History, comes down only to the end of the Civil War The foot-notes to the four volumes now published of James Ford Rhoda History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850, are a valuabi means of reaching sources from about 1845 to 1864; on the Recorstruction period may be used the foot-notes to W. A. Dunning, Essays it the Civil War and Reconstruction. J. M. Larned's forthcoming 40° tated Bibliography of American History, prepared by the coöperatin method, promises to be very helpful. Bowker and lles, Reader's Guide has many references on current economic and social questions ; and W. E. Foster's Bulletins of the Providence Public Library include mans serviceable special bibliographies. Poole's Index is of course the ber approach to the abundant periodical material of the last quarter centur much of it first-hand writings. The collections available for school es ; ire named and described in the Report on the Use of Sources, mentioned bove.

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4. Classification of Extracts in this Volume

S in previous volumes, it may be convenient in this place to classify easily find pieces illustrating special types or sources or source-writers.

Large use has been made in this volume of extremely valuable material in official records of various kinds : first, the Debates of Congress, from which have been taken speeches by Corwin (No. 11); Wilmot (No. 16); Calhoun (No. 19); Webster (No. 20); Seward (No. 22); Wade (Nos. 46, 65); Toombs (No. 54), Wigfall (No. 55); Vallandigham (No. 129); Stevens (No. 152); Wilson (No. 155); various members (No. 168); Hoar (No. 191). Large use has also been made of the

3. Intelligent Use of Sources T "HE use of sources as school material has been discussed above:

that sources vivify the study of history and tend to fix in the lemory the principles best worth remembering, seems established by ne experience of schools that have tried it.

House Reports (Nos. 40, 149, 156); Senate Reports (No. 47); Senate Journals (Nos. 64, 164, 166, 190); House Executive Documents (Nos. 13. III, 134, 167, 175, 176, 177, 179, 182); Senate Executive Documents (Nos. 99, 143, 144, 178, 185, 187, 195). The magnificent official

records of the Union and Confederate armies have furnished extracts

from Jefferson Davis (No. 62); Walker, Beauregard, Foster, and Anderson (Nos. 71, 72); Prentiss (No. 110); "Stonewall" Jackson (No. 113); Burnside (No. 115); Lee (No. 117); Thomas (No. 123); Butler (No. 124); Semmes (No. 133) ; Hood (No. 138). Extracts from presidential messages and other official communications are represented by Polk (No. 10); Buchanan (No. 64); Lincoln (No. 145); Cleveland (No. 164); Harrison (No. 166); McKinley (No. 190). Diplomatic correspondence will be found as follows: Seward (No. 99); Slidell (No. 100); C. B. Elliott (No. 173); Sumner (No. 174); Geneva arbitration (No. 175); Fish (No. 176); Blaine (No. 177); Bering Sea (No. 178); Olney (No. 179); Hay (No. 193).

Next in significance are the official and semi-official utterances of public men, chiefly in collected correspondence and similar material, some of them in the official records : as Polk (No. 14); Calhoun (No. 19); Webster (No. 20); Seward (Nos. 22, 45, 97); Douglas (No. 34); Benton (No. 43); Lincoln (Nos. 44, 66, 97, 101, 127); A. H. Stephens (No. 53); Jefferson Davis (Nos. 62, 106); Chase (No. 128) Sumner (Nos. 146, 174); Tilden (No. 150); Thaddeus Stevens (No. 152); J. G. Blaine (No. 160); Olney (No. 192). Of statesmen less famous, extracts have been made as follows : Edward Everett (No. 79); Crittenden (No. 69); John A. Dix (No. 67); Wendell Phillips (No. 102); Garrison (No. 126); Greeley (No. 127); Corwin (No. 11); R. J. Walker (No.40); Wilmot (No. 16); Vallandigham (No. 129); Butler (No. 154); Wilson (No. 155); H. A. Herbert (No. 158); Bryan (No. 171); B. F. Wade (Nos. 46, 65); Thurlow Weed (No. 63); Chittenden (No. 68); Slidell (No. 100); Robert Toombs (No. 54); John Brown (No. 48); Andrew Johnson (No. 148); L. J. Gage (No. 172); J. T. Morgan (No. 178); W. R. Day (No. 185); Leonard Wood (No. 189); G. F. Hoar (No. 191); Theodore Roosevelt (No. 198); B. S. Coler (No. 202); Evarts (No. 154); John Sherman (No. 169). Less significant as public men, but extremely valuable for their testimony, are Waddy Thompson (No. 8); I. P. Walker (No. 17); Stringfellow (No. 26); Julian (No. 35); Wigfall (No. 55); E. Hannaford (No. 161); A. F. Walker (No. 165); Lacey (No. 167); Eckels (No. 167). Speeches and reports by various members and commissioners will be found in Nos. 70, 149, 168, 195.

Characteristic extracts are taken from the following renowned generals : Scott (No. 13); Grant (Nos. 12, 107, 139, 144); Lee (Nos. 47, 117); Beauregard (No. 71); McClellan (No. 112); “Stonewall"

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Jefferson Davis (No. 62); Walker, Beauregard, Foster, and Ander- } Nos. 71, 72); Prentiss (No. 110); “Stonewall" Jackson (No. 113); aside (No. 115); Lee (No. 117); Thomas (No. 123); Butler (No. ); Semmes (No. 133); Hood (No. 138). Extracts from presitial messages and other official communications are represented by k (No. 10); Buchanan (No. 64); Lincoln (No. 145); Cleveland, 0. 164); Harrison (No. 166); McKinley (No. 190). Diplomatic rrespondence will be found as follows : Seward (No. 99); Slidell (No. 00); C. B. Elliott (No. 173); Sumner (No. 174); Geneva arbiation (No. 175); Fish (No. 176); Blaine (No. 177); Bering Sea No. 178); Olney (No. 179); Hay (No. 193).

Next in significance are the official and semi-official utterances of ublic men, chiefly in collected correspondence and similar material

, ome of them in the official records : as Polk (No. 14); Calhoun (16. 9); Webster (No. 20); Seward (Nos. 22, 45, 97); Douglas (No. 34); Benton (No. 43); Lincoln (Nos. 44, 66, 97, 101, 127); A. H. Stephens No. 53); Jefferson Davis (Nos. 62, 106); Chase (No. 128) Summer

Jackson (No. 113); Burnside (No. 115); Longstreet (No. 120); Hood (No. 138); Hancock (No. 159); Thomas (No. 123) ; Sheridan (No. 135); Sherman (No. 137); Farragut (No. 134); Dewey (No. 182); Porter (No. 118).

The only journals which have seemed available are those of Polk (No. 14); Dana (No. 31); Jones (No. 83); “Bull Run" Russell (No. 96); Chase (No. 128); Mrs. Lowry (No. 194). In reminiscences and historical work, carefully written later by participants, this field is rich, as will be seen by the following list : Pollard (No. 27); Levi Coffin (No. 29); Parker (No. 30); Cutts (No. 34); Julian (No. 35); Mrs. Robinson (No. 36); John Scott (No. 38); Reuben Davis (Nos. 58, 80); Mrs. Livermore (No. 73); Mrs. Clayton (No. 81); George Cary Eggleston (No. 82); Mosby (No. 95); Stevenson (No. 92); Billings (No. 84); Hosmer (No. 87); C. C. Coffin (No. 131); Charles A. Dana (No. 132); Porter (No. 118); Longstreet (No. 120); Mrs. Botume (No. 141); Sheridan (No. 135); General Sherman (No. 137); John Sherman (No. 169); Grant (No. 139); Mrs. Hancock (No. 159). Travellers have been very abundant, but have not been quoted so freely as in other volumes. The only foreign travellers are T. H. Gladstone (No. 39); Fremantle (No. 94); W. H. Russell (Nos. 96, 103) ; Captain Wilkinson (No. 116); Campbell (No. 203). The American travellers are R. H. Dana (No. 7); Delano (No. 18). Special observers on the South and slavery are Emily P. Burke (No. 23); Nehemiah Adams (No. 25); Pollard (No. 27); Godkin (No. 142); Schurz (No. 143); Pike (No. 157); Grady (No. 205); Booker T. Washington (No. 208). Observers, correspondents, and critics on the Civil War period are Murat Halstead (Nos. 49, 50); A. H. Stephens (No. 53); Joel Parker (No. 56); S. W. Crawford (No. 59); Smalley (No. 114); Shanks (No. 122). Critics on the academic, social, and political conditions since the war are Poor (No. 163); Taussig (No. 170); C. B. Elliott (No. 173); Mahan (No. 183); A. L. Lowell (No. 186); A. B. Hart (Nos. 196, 209); Roosevelt (No. 198); Schurz (No. 199); Clark (No. 201); J. B. Harrison (No. 204); Riis (No. 206); C. W. Eliot (No. 207): on our new possessions, Atkins (No. 184); Carroll (No. 188).

Satirists are represented by several authors: James Russell Lowell (Nos. 9, 15); Brownell (No. 57); Richard Grant White (Nos. 74, 140); Artemus Ward (No. 75); McElroy (No. 197); "Mr. Dooley" (No. 200). Closely allied with this group are two novelists, Harriet Beecher Stowe (No. 24); Anna Dickinson (No. 121).

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Nos. 146, 174); Tilden (No. 150); Thaddeus Stevens (No. 153);
. G. Blaine (No. 160); Olney (No. 192). Of statesmen less famous

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extracts have been made as follows: Edward Everett (No. 79); Critten-
len (No. 69); John A. Dix (No. 67); Wendell Phillips (No. 102)
jarrison (No. 126); Greeley (No. 127); Corwin (No. 1); R.J.
l'alker (No. 40); Wilmot (No. 16); Vallandigham (No. 129) ; Butler

No. 154); Wilson (No. 155); H. A. Herbert (No. 158); Bryan (Na
71); B. F. Wade (Nos. 46, 65); Thurlow Weed (No. 63); Chittenden
No. 68); Slidell (No. 100); Robert Toombs (No. 54); John Bront
No. 48); Andrew Johnson (No. 148); L. J. Gage (No. 172); J. T.
Jorgan (No. 178); W. R. Day (No. 185); Leonard Wood (No. 189/
;. F. Hoar (No. 191); Theodore Roosevelt (No. 198); B. S. Coler
No. 202); Evarts (No. 154); John Sherman (No. 169). Less sig.
ificant as public men, but extremely valuable for their testimony,
vaddy Thompson (No. 8); I. P. Walker (No. 17); Stringfellow ( 16.
6): Julian (No. 35); Wigfall (No. 55); E. Hannaford (No. 161

F. Walker (No. 165); Lacey (No. 167); Eckels (No. 16.
peeches and reports by various members and commissioners will be
und in Nos. 70, 149, 168, 195.
Characteristic extracts are taken from the following renowned get-
cott (No. 13); Grant (Nos. 12, 107, 139, 144); Lee (Vas

rard (No. 71); McClellan (No. 112); Stonewal"

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Pieces in verse are rather numerous : Whittier (Nos. 21, 125); Lucy Larcom (No. 37); Brownell (No. 57); O. W. Holmes (No. 60); Bryant (No. 76); Phoebe Cary (No. 78); Northern War Songs (No. 85); Southern War Songs (No. 91); Palmer (No. 93) ; Mrs. Warfield (No. 104); Longfellow (No. 108); Boker (No. 130); T. Buchanan Read (No. 136).

The contributions of women to this volume are as follows: Emily P. Burke (No. 23); Harriet Beecher Stowe (No. 24); Mary D. Armstead (No. 32); Mrs. Robinson (No. 36); Lucy Larcom (No. 37); Mrs. Livermore (No. 73); Mrs. Clayton (No. 81); Mrs. Warfield (No. 104); Anna Dickinson (No. 121); Mrs. Botume (No. 141); Mrs. Lowry (No. 194).

Foreign critics and statesmen have contributed some interesting pieces : John Bright (No. 98); Comte de Paris (No. 105); Peto (No. 162); Courcel (No. 178); Hannen (No. 178); Sawyer (No. 187).

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5. Reprints and Collections
HE principal collections of sources on the period 1845-1900 are as

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American Annual Cyclopædia (annual volumes, 1861, etc.). New York,

1862-1900. — From Vol. V (1875) on, the title is Appleton's Annual Cyclopædia.' Contains very valuable materials, especially extracts from public

documents. H. W. Caldwell, Source Extracts. 1. A Survey of American History.

2. Great American Legislators. 3. American Territorial Development :
Expansion. Chicago, 1900. — 1 and 3 published together, under the title

American History: Unification, Expansion. Chicago, 1900.
Albert Bushnell Hart, Source-Book of American History, with Practical Intro-

ductions. New York, 1899. – Nos. 102-145 cover the same chronological
field as Vol. IV of the Contemporaries, but the two works contain no dupli-

cates. Albert Bushnell Hart and Edward Channing, editors, American History Leaflets. 30 numbers (to be had separately). New York, 1892–1896. — In

cludes Lincoln's state papers. Mabel Hill, Liberty Documents.

New York, 1901.

Contains documents and comments thereon relating chiefly to personal liberty, and showing the derivation of American principles of free government from English traditions.

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Alexander Johnston, American Orations: Studies in American Political His

tory. (Édited by James Albert Woodburn.) 4 vols. New York, etc., 1896

1897. — Vols. III and IV are parallel with this volume. William MacDonald, Select Statutes and other Documents illustrative of the

History of the United States, 1861–1898. – This third volume of Professor

MacDonald's series, covering the period from 1861 down, is in preparation.
Edward McPherson, The Political History of the United States during the

Great Rebellion. Washington, etc., 1864.
Edward McPherson, The Political History of the United States during the

Period of Reconstruction. Washington, 1871.
Edward McPherson, A Hand-Book of Politics (biennial volumes, omitting 1870).

Washington, 1868–1894. — The above three series are made up of excellent
selections or abstracts from the political documents of the time, – statutes,
proclamations, speeches, letters, orders, decisions of the courts, political plat-

forms, debates, etc. Edmund Clarence Stedman and Ellen Mackay Hutchinson, editors, A Library

of American Literature, from the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. 11 vols. New York, 1888-1890. — Vols. VI-XI on the period 1845-1890. These volumes are to a large degree literary rather than historical, but they include some excellent contemporary narratives on the slavery conflict and

the Civil War. United States, A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents.

10 vols. Washington, 1896-1899. — A valuable official publication, poorly edited by James D. Richardson, containing all the presidents' messages and proclamations except nominations for office. Sold by the government at

cost. United States, Congressional Globe : containing Sketches of the Debates and

Proceedings. 109 vols. Washington, 1835-1873. — Contains the debates

from 1833 to 1873. United States, Congressional Record. 34 vols. Washington, 1873-1901.

Contains the debates and proceedings in full from 1873.

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6. A Good Library of Sources FOR an intelligent study of the political history of the United States,

the records. Exact titles of these publications are found in Channing and Hart's Guide, $ 30. Odd volumes and partial sets are common and may be very useful.

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