This valuable reference book has been more than five years in the making, and now that it is actually on the verge of publication, should be brought to the attention of everyone who would have, in relatively compact form, a handbook of information as to way of life during more than 300 years of American being. A Prologue sets the scene with a picture of the American Indian way of life. An Epilogue gives a foretaste- not wholly enticing- of trends indicated for the next 100 years. And in between, the 17th Century- The Pioneers, the 18th Century- The Colonizers, and the 19th Century- The Builders, are presented with the intimate details of their manner of life. Houses, furniture, clothes, food, agriculture, transportation, industry, community life- these make the framework for each period, and in successive periods, certain things are lost, while othere become integrated, part of the tradition, the accepted mores. New elements enter the scene, materially effecting the ways of life (the industrial revolution, steam, electricity, aviation). Wisely, the 20th century is merely shadowed, details are left for later generations. Liberally illustrated with line drawings, fully captioned. Extensive reading list. An essential reference book for writers, periodicals, stage and screen; all schools and libraries.