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the title implies-a workbook. In every respect it is carefully
planned and executed. If any published work of this character
was ever based on "clinical evidence," this one is. Any feature
or device incorporated in Dr. Biesele's Workbook has been
Some educational experts profess to believe that a workbook
or syllabus is not necessary; they express concern that the
student may be robbed of his initiative. Dr. Biesele apparently
has anticipated this criticism by constructing his Workbook
in such fashion that the student can amplify the basic outline
as fully as his individual desires and needs dictate. The loose-
leaf style, punched for the standard three-ring notebook, en-
ables the student to insert as many additional pages and maps
as desired. As far as the basic outline for the survey course is
concerned there exists a pretty universal agreement regarding
the essential topics in American history. Possibly the most
effective argument that may be advanced for a workbook is
the fact that with the ever-lengthening chronicle of American
history the instructor finds it more difficult with each passing
year to cover the whole, give proper emphasis to recent history,
and bring the chronicle down to the last crisis in our national
Some of the numerous features which make Dr. Biesele's
Workbook something more than the traditional syllabus should
be noted. Specifically designed to accompany Harold U. Faulk-
ner's American Political and Social History, there is a factual
outline of each chapter of the text. But there is much more.
Review questions follow each chapter; these are neatly phrased
and cover essentials. In addition, there are four sets of review
exercises, and the seven significant charts may well serve to
inspire the student to contrive additional ones. The map ex-
ercises are especially to be commended. The requisite outline
maps are furnished as well as guide maps for some. Some of
the exercises are based on maps in the textbook. For additional
readings there are numerous citations to Commager, Documents
of American History. This type of supplementary reading is
to be preferred, and it goes a long way toward breaking down
the sweeping generalizations of textbook and lectures.
Dr. Biesele's Workbook in American History deserves the
careful consideration of all instructors in this field who are
looking for an efficient tool always available in the hands of
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942, periodical, 1942; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146053/m1/353/: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.