A history of Pennsylvania set up along the same lines as Albert van Dusen's connecticut, published by Random House in 1961 (see p. 1002), this follows a similar format and text pattern. Again, the history of the state is reviewed from the period od exploration (with geologic features and native inhabitants accounted for) to the present day. Pennsylvania emerges as Penn's colony, the keystone in the Revolution and birthplace of the federal Constitution, the first genuine melting pot in America, with the first industry (iron plantations were founded as early as 1716). The writing here is on the staid side, the whole a sturdy if unexciting contribution that is easily within the reach of high school students. Illustrations not seen would appear to be a large factor in an oversize book of definite regional interest. The publisher project a similar treatment of Texas and California.