School History of the United States
Philadelphia: H. Cowperthwait & Co, 1855. 224 pages. An uncommon ante-bellum history of the United States by a school teacher in West Point, New York. The book was reprinted a number of times, with the last printing in 1868.
About Berard little has been written, although this book is cited in a number of academic works about the teaching of US history. Perhaps to avoid alienating a potential Southern audience for the book, Berard mostly avoids the subject of slavery, citing it only as one of many contested issues (along with taxation, import duties and internal improvements). While providing insight into how school children were taught American history in the 1850 and 1860, this book is also of intereste because It is one of the first US history textbooks written by a woman. ISBN: 281AIB1043933.
A first or early printing (a "(2)" on the copyright page may indicate that this is the second printing in 1855). Top of spine and corners worn; old ownership inscription dated 1856, else very good.