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MARY SHELDON BARNES, A.B.,
FORMERLY PROFESSOR OF HISTORY IN WELLESLEY COLLEGE, AND
AUTHOR OF SHELDON'S “STUDIES IN
EARL BARNES, M.S.,
PROFESSOR OF THE HISTORY AND ART OF EDUCATION IN THE LELAND STANFORD
THE UNIVERSITY OF INDIANA.
Norwood Press :
Boston, Mass., U.S.A.
This book is meant for somewhat younger pupils than the Studies in General History; but it is based upon the same simple principle,
namely, to train the pupil to think for himself, and enter into living sympathy with others, by giving him as material for his work, Historical Sources, — that is, the first original records of the eye-witnesses, actors, and makers of each period he studies.
These sources or records consist of the mass of traditions, books, anuscripts, papers, relics, monuments, and institutions in which generation embodies itself for all time. From these sources all istorical judgments in the past have been drawn, and to them all nistorical judgments in the future must appeal. What is more to nur purpose, it is only by dealing with the sources of past history,
at our pupils can be rightly trained to deal with the historic sources of his own time, and to form independent and unprejudiced indgments concerning the mass of opinions, actions, institutions, and social products of all sorts in which he finds himself involved. 'n other words, whatever else our young people will become, citizens they must be; and the citizen must constantly form judgments
f the historical sort, which can only be based upon contemporary sources. To enable him to do this should perhaps be the primary aim of the study of history. But to present the sources of our past in so small a book as this, seems at first sight an impossible task,
indeed would be so, were it not that out of the mass of the cords of the past, whether written, monumental, or institutional, there are always some which stand as types, and which remain