Series: A History of American Life

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The Coming of The White Man 1492-1848: A History of American Life by Herbert Ingram Priestley1
The First Americans 1607-1690: A History of American Life by Thomas Jefferson Wertenbaker2
Provincial Society 1690-1763: A History of American Life by James Truslow Adams3
The Revolutionary Generation 1763-1790: A History of American Life by Evarts Boutell Greene4
The Completion of Independence: A History of American Life by John Allen Krout5
The Rise of the Common Man 1830-1850: A History of American Life by Carl Russell Fish6
The Irrepressible Conflict 1850-1865: A History of American Life by Arthur Charles Cole7
The Emergence of Modern America 1865-1878: A History of American Life by Allan Nevins8
The Nationalizing of Business 1878-1898: A History of American Life by Ida M. Tarbell9
The Quest for Social Justice 1898-1914: A History of American Life by Harold Underwood Faulkner11
The Great Crusade and After 1914-1928: A History of American Life by Preston William Slosson12
The Age of the Great Depression 1929-1941: A History of American Life by Dixon Wecter13

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To create a series or add a work to it, go to a "work" page. The "Common Knowledge" section now includes a "Series" field. Enter the name of the series to add the book to it.

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What isn't a series?

Series was designed to cover groups of books generally understood as such (see Wikipedia: Book series). Like many concepts in the book world, "series" is a somewhat fluid and contested notion. A good rule of thumb is that series have a conventional name and are intentional creations, on the part of the author or publisher. For now, avoid forcing the issue with mere "lists" of works possessing an arbitrary shared characteristic, such as relating to a particular place. Avoid series that cross authors, unless the authors were or became aware of the series identification (eg., avoid lumping Jane Austen with her continuators).

Also avoid publisher series, unless the publisher has a true monopoly over the "works" in question. So, the Dummies guides are a series of works. But the Loeb Classical Library is a series of editions, not of works.

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