Books: Firm Foundation

ALBUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY, COLONIAL PERIOD—James Truslow Adams—Scribner ($7.50).

"How did our forefathers dress?" asks Historian James Truslow Adams. "What sort of tools or utensils did they use. in what kinds of occupations; what did their houses look like, inside and out; in a word, if we could suddenly step into their world, what would we see?"

The answer is: plenty. The Album of American History is an eyeful of the artifacts which early Americans shaped and used and which (to the degree that things shape people) shaped the early Americans. The book contains...

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