The March of Democracy 5 Volume HC Set James Truslow Adams


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James Truslow Adams (October 18, 1878 – May 18, 1949) was an American writer and historian. Adams coined the term “American Dream” in his 1931 book The Epic of America. His American Dream is “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.” A quote from one of Adams’ essays “There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live” is widely mis-attributed to John Adams. The quote is part of an essay by Adams entitled ‘To “Be” or to “Do”: A Note on American Education’ which appeared in the June, 1929 issue of Forum. The essay is very critical of American education, both in school and at the university level, and explores the role of American culture and class-consciousness in forming that system of education. In a more complete version of that quote, Adams says: “There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live. Surely these should never be confused in the mind of any man who has the slightest inkling of what culture is. For most of us it is essential that we should make a living…In the complications of modern life and with our increased accumulation of knowledge, it doubtless helps greatly to compress some years of experience into far fewer years by studying for a particular trade or profession in an institution; but that fact should not blind us to another—namely, that in so doing we are learning a trade or a profession, but are not getting a liberal education as human beings.”

The March of Democracy is a five-volume book by James Truslow Adams, published in 1932 and 1933 by C. Scribner’s Sons. It is a chronicle with full title The March of Democracy: A History of the United States.

The first volume covers America from its discovery and early settlement to the American Revolution to 1800.

The second volume begins with the election of Thomas Jefferson as U.S. president in 1801, the War of 1812, the election of Andrew Jackson, the Mexican–American War through to the period before the American Civil War.

The third volume begins with the election of Abraham Lincoln, the states seceding, the Civil War and its aftermath, the industrial revolution, railroad growth and cattle kingdoms on through Grover Cleveland’s term.

The fourth volume begins with the election of Benjamin Harrison, the Spanish–American War, the building of the Panama Canal, World War I, the era of great prosperity and then Great Depression and the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The fifth volume picks up with Roosevelt’s New Deal, financial changes and manipulations, the great Dust Bowl, the Social Security Act, the “G” men, the Supreme Court expansion attempt, the Neutrality Bill, the recession to depression era, build-up of defense and involvement with foreign issues and entry into World War II.

Books are in remarkable condition. Volume 1 copyright 1932, 1933. Volume 2 copyright 1932, 1933. Volume 3 cover shows some damage. Copyright 1933. Volume 4 copyright shows nine dates ending with 1941. Volume 5 copyright 1939, 1940.