“The purpose of this Worktext is twofold: 1) it presents in readable, brief form the comprehensive story of our nation’s history; 2) it provides a variety of exercises and suggestions designed to stimulate pupil interest and understanding of our nations’s history.
“The exercises presented furnish a well-rounded study guide. Among them are found vocabulary building, identification of great leaders and builders, and drill questions concerning basic facts and important events.
“Pupil understanding of the powerful forces underlying those facts and events is brought about through challenging, thought-provoking questions and discussion topics. Cause and effect and the significance of events are carefully pointed out so that the pupil sees our history, not as a series of unrelated happenings, but as a natural, logically unfolding story.
“Map exercises and study help the pupil relate historical events to their geographical settings and furnish opportunity for developing careful and accurate drawing skill and intelligent interpretation of maps and globes. The map habit is encouraged and developed so that pupils soon learn to use their initiative in consulting maps.
“Chart making and study are valuable aids in clarifying and summarizing trends and topics. Time charts help relate dates of important events , one to another.
While the importance of our country’s role as a world leader is stressed, love and respect for American institutions and traditions have also been emphasized. Pride in our national heroes and our country’s achievements and hope and faith in an even greater future are definitely planned objectives.
“A final test and an answer key are provided at the back of the book for convenience in individualizing instruction.”
Part 1 contents begin with “Europeans Discover a New World”(1400’s) and end with “The North and the South Drift Apart” and “War Divides the Nation (mid-1800’s).” Part 2 contents begin with “The Growth of Industry and Commerce” (mid-1800’s) and end with “Americans Face Domestic Problems,” “Challenges to the Nation’s Strength,” and ” . . . the Twenty-First Century.”