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Papers of the Presidents
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Papers of the Presidents
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Compiled and Indexed by Richard Seltzer
B&R Samizdat Express - May 7, 2005
ISBN: 0-917466-46-2
Genre: History

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - June 3, 2005

Papers of the Presidents is the eighth title in B&R Samizdat Express' CD of the Month series. This CD contains the text of the multi-volume work: The Messages and Papers of the Presidents which was originally compiled by Congressman James Richardson of Tennessee. In all, this monumental work contains the text of the important official papers of the first twenty-five American Presidents. (Documents such as some reports to the heads of departments and nominations to Congress were not included.) When it was first published in 1897, it contained the documents of the first twenty-three Presidents. However, additions were added to the 1902 and 1904 editions of this work to cover the Presidency of William McKinley and the first part of Theodore Roosevelt's Presidency.

The documents in this collection run the gamut from Presidential proclamations, such as Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, as well as a variety of Presidential messages, addresses, communiques, and other documents. The text is further enhanced by Richardson's explanatory comments that preface each volume and which help to explain the import aspects of each President's tenure, as well as the inclusion of some biographical information on each President.

Papers of the Presidents is a phenomenal resource that should be in every library - public and private. Students of all ages will find these documents invaluable when studying the lives and actions of the early American Presidents from George Washington thru Theodore Roosevelt. Researches will also value this resource as it provides a convenient and cost-effective means of having easy access to these important documents without the loss of any shelf-space as the entire collection is contained on a single CD-ROM disc.

This CD runs off of any Windows-based PC, however you do need to have a web browser (such as Internet Explorer or Foxfire) and/or a Windows based word-processing program, in order to read the text. Once the text is opened, you can enlarge the font to suit your reading needs. Because the files in this collection are in plain text format, they can be read by most screen reading programs. In addition, this collection comes with a copy of ReadPlease, a text-to-speech screen reading program that you can use to make 'your' computer read the books to you. It also contains a copy of DLJ Software's Readit program. This is a shareware, dos program, that allows you to bookmark you place within a text. As well, it allows for quick and easy navigation among the various files, and may be especially useful for visually impaired readers.


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