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I realize it's common practice for historians use primary sources, but what I want is some old US history schoolbooks pre-copyright, say 1700-1900. Something high-school level or higher (i.e. not for little kids).

Unfortunately Project Gutenberg does not allow searching by publication date and I don't have any idea of what authors to search for. Any recommendations or suggestions for where to begin?

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?start_index=26&query=american+history

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Google search may have what you are looking for. Often when researching questions on this forum, I use the Books tab of their search, and then selecting the tools button, you can either narrow the search by copyright availability, and/or set the publication year changing any time tab to 19th century, or setting the custom range to a specific time. The books resulting from this search will often have several formats you can download them in, to be read at your leisure.

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