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The First Book in United States History

by Waddy Thompson

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This was Bettie Beene Nixon's high school American history text. On the back cover is written "Tennessee edition." She has written in herself "Elizabeth Beene Lodge Tenn. Tenn, RVMT BVS. Why keep a book like this ? Because most of it is generally accurate, and unlike the current oversized American history books it is short, to the point, and has some really interesting small line drawings. There is Caterpillar Tank, map ot the Battle Fronts for World War, oddly enough a chapter on "American Women", including a paragraph on the woman's movement, short biography of "Eliza Lucas" who managed 3 plantations and successfully raised silk and information on Stanton and Anthony in helping secure the right to vote. Is it generally known that in 1872 Anthony was arrested and fined $100.00 for illegally voting ?The section concludes with the 1920 amendment securing women the right to vote. When the owner of this book, born in 1916 was born she could not have voted in national elections.

One particularly interesting line drawing is labeled "An overland train on its way to the far west."

And there is prejudice, not unlike today's prejudice against certain immigrants:

""Since the War of Secession most of the immigrants have been from the lower classes of eastern and southeastern Europe" p. 294

There is a list of books that supposedly Lincoln read, but virtually NOTHING about slaves and blacks. And was it true that Lincoln could outspell anyone in his country ?

Yes, this is a keeper. ( )
  carterchristian1 | May 5, 2010 |
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