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historical tradition in the present volume. G)nstantly being confronted by
the facts that students know almost nothing of the elementary facts of
American history since the Civil War, Professor Beard concluded to
break down one reason for it — ^by presenting a handy guide to contemporary
This volume like all Professor Beard's writings is vigorous, stimulat-
ing and incisive. It is not meant to be the final word, but it is hoped that
it will stimulate "on the part of the student some of that free play of
mind which Matthew Arnold has shown to be so helpful in literary
criticism." The work was well worth doing and has been exceptionally
Virginia Under the Stuarts, 1607-1688. By Thomas J.
Wertenbaker, Ph. D. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1914.
Doctor Wertenbaker presents a neatly printed volume in which the
story of Virginia's history is re-written in the light of the results of modern
research into the documentary side of Virginia's early colonial history.
He has made no claims of originality but appreciating the need of a his-
tory of Virginia which takes into account the newer discoveries of manu-
scripts, legislative journals and letters, and the work put forth in mono-
graphs, he has rewritten the account. Students of Virginia history who
have not had access to this new material, or the time to digest it will
thoroughly appreciate Doctor Wertenbaker's services. May his good ex-
ample be followed by others.
Les Etats-UNIS D'AmeriqUE. By Baron D'Estournelles de
Constant. (Paris, Librairie Armand Colin, 1913. Pp. 536. 5 fr.)
This volume of observations upon the United States is based upon
the author's extended trip through this country in the year 1911. While
on his journey he wrote a series of letters for publication in "Le Temps"
of Paris and these letters have been revised and printed in book form.
The volume forms a most interesting study of American characteristics as
seen by this distinguished foreigner. With rare discernment he has caught
the spirit of all that is best in our American life and the book should go
far toward cementing the friendly relations existing between France and
the United States. While written primarily for his own countrymen, it
will be read with great pleasure by those whose activities are so ap-
preciatively described. Particularly complimentary are the author's im-
pressions of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.