This History of Our Country has been prepared in the be Hef that there is need of a text-book on the history of the .; United States which would present fairly and impartially all Ssections of the Union. The authors have endeavored to divest :the narrative of all bias for or against the North or the South, the Eastor the West. The strife for sectional or partisan supremacy has often transcended the bounds of true patriotism, but it is believed that such strife has been inevitable, and that in the long run it has made our country stronger and richer in the nobler elements of national life. Love of country is greater than the love of party, and loyalty to the state is a permanent and indestructible element in loyalty to the nation. Our country is an indestructible union of indestructible states. Our history should be so taught that the next generation will cherish the patriotism which conserves the rights of the states, and honor the patriotism which guards the supremacy of the Federal Union. If this book shall prove to be helpful to the great army of earnest and faithful teachers in making the story of our countrys life, growth, and progress more real and interesting to their pupils, the hope of the authors will be amply fulfilled. -i- Oscar H. Cooper. Galveston, Texas, A pril 25, 1895.
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