Some 300 photographs and 20 maps with almost 50,000 words of text comprise an adult, colorful history of our country since...

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THE GROWTH OF A NATION

Some 300 photographs and 20 maps with almost 50,000 words of text comprise an adult, colorful history of our country since colonial times. The text skillfully amplifies and rounds out the illustrations -- pointing up the events, persons, humor, etc., which are inseparable from the pictures' historical meaning. Cultural and spiritual heritage come equally into play -- whether in moving picture stills or shots of buffalo hides, the Mormons reaching Salt Lake City, the little red school-house, or Mr. Ford's Model T. Scanting political and economic forces in such a pageant is inescapable but when the tendency to glorify is exaggerated all that is faulty or worthy of critical comment is passed over an unrealistic fashion. Helpful for foreign-born come-latelies, and cheerful for sentimentalistis, gift givers, etc., this makes visual significant developments that other, more sectionalized and specialized picture books have not included.

Pub Date: April 27, 1956

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Page Count: -

Publisher: Dutton

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1956