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Schlager Group to Publish Historical Reference Set

Schlager Group (, an editorial services company that provides a behind-the-scenes service for reference publishers (such as Gale and Charles Scribner’s Sons), is launching its own multiformat reference imprint with a new series based on primary source documents. Milestone Documents in American History will be published in a four-volume print set, along with digital components, in April 2008. The new set is designed to explore the nation’s most important documents and to analyze their historical impact. Schlager claims it is one of the first reference works to place primary sources in the starring role.

Milestone Documents in American History combines primary source material with extensive analysis by acclaimed historians and, in the process, gives students a new option for using these sources to understand history. For example, students will find the full text of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Pearl Harbor speech along with a detailed overview by the historian Carl Rollyson (Baruch College, City University of New York) that explores the key facets of the speech, including its historical context, intended audience, and essential quotes. Further, Rollyson offers a paragraph-by-paragraph analysis of the text, providing students with the immediacy and emotion of 1941. Additional elements include study questions, a timeline, glossary terms, photographs, and illustrations.

Paul Finkelman, a legal historian and the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at Albany Law School, will serve as executive editor. Finkelman, in turn, has gathered a team of more than 75 historians and scholars to write for the set.

A companion set—Milestone Documents of American Leaders—will follow in 2009, and subsequent titles will extend the series into world history. All titles in the series will be suitable for high school and lower undergraduate college students.

Source: Schlager Group

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