LIBERTY AND PROPERTY by R. V. Coleman

LIBERTY AND PROPERTY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This continues the history of the United States begun in The First Frontier (1948) and covers the century, 1664 -- 1765, which brought about the steps toward colonial union. In time parallels, the activity in various sections of the country is chronicled --expanding English and French colonization and exploration, from the Atlantic sea-board to western pioneering, small and great conflicts with the Dutch, Indians, and eventually the death struggle between France and England, the problem of low prices and high taxes, the part that the traders, pirates, tobacco, fur and slaves played in the vanishing frontiers, the emergence of Spain's importance in the national picture, the widening influence of education, the vital importance of religion -- and always the development of a democratic way which added new rights to those presumably theirs under the English constitution. So that when pressure became too great the moment in time saw the break with England, the colonies uniting for defense and the foundation of the future United States. Straight over-all history whose brisk approach does not eliminate interest catching details or interrupt the continued flow of events.

Pub Date: Aug. 20th, 1951
Publisher: Scribner