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Woodrow Wilson, A History of the American People, Signed


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Woodrow Wilson’s A History of the American People is the history of the U.S. from colonial times through the Spanish-American War.

Originally written 1901-02, his narrative stresses Wilson’s vision of the oneness of the American people.  This edition was published when Wilson was President, and during the height of America’s involvement in World War One.

“Wilson wanted to enhance the presidency by establishing a direct link to the American people. He thought the president, as their spokesman, should be the preeminent leader of the democratic nation. Long convinced that the British parliamentary government was better than the American constitutional system, he exerted personal influence on the legislative branch in unprecedented ways.  The first president to hold regular press conferences, he sought to shape public opinion by managing news from the White House. Moreover, he delivered messages personally to Congress, reviving a practice that George Washington and John Adams had used on a few occasions. From Jefferson through Taft, other U.S. presidents had submitted only written messages”
–American National Biography

Excellent signature.  Quite uncommon in this fine presentation set.

Wilson, Woodrow.  A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.  New York & London: Harper and Brothers, 1918.  “Documentary Edition / Autographed” No. 125 of a limited ed of  400 signed & numbered sets; 10 vols., unopened.  Deckled edges, t.e.g.; fts., plates, illus., maps, facsims; tight and clean throughout.  ¾-morocco; marbled board and endsheets.