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Set up and electrotyped. Published November, 1904.

Norwood Press
J. S. Cushing & Co. - Berwick & Smith Co.

Norwood, Mass., U.8.A.


In preparing this little book for use in schools, the author has attempted to describe those activities of our governments which will be of especial value and interest to youthful citizens. Historical accounts, comments on provisions of the state and national constitutions, and descriptions of the machinery of government have therefore been made as brief as possible.

The text is arranged with the expectation that the pupils will recite on topics. If the topics considered in the numbered sections are too long, even when the marginal notes are used to help the pupil in his recitation, each pupil may be asked to recite on one paragraph only, or on a part of a paragraph, using the marginal notes as the headings of these shorter topics. Care should be taken to see that the pupils really discuss these topics, not only presenting in their own language the substance of the text, but giving additional information or suggestions of their own whenever possible. Some of the sections or paragraphs are perhaps too long, too difficult, or too general for treatment in this way. A few of these may simply be read in class, and others may be discussed with the books open. All words or expressions which are given at the close of each chapter, in the list of terms to be explained, should be understood by the pupils before they finish studying the lessons in which these terms occur. If they are likely to have difficulty in ascertaining the meaning of any expression, it should be explained when the lesson is assigned. Pupils should be encouraged to mention examples of governmental activities that have come under their own observation or have attracted their attention in reading. Teachers will often be surprised to learn how much information, perhaps of an unscientific character, many of the pupils possess on these matters, and will find that great interest can often be aroused by persuading the boys and girls to ask their parents and friends about the work of government, and to investigate further for themselves.

Many of the “Text Questions" at the close of each chapter are suggestive only questions to be answered from the text by a little search or thought. In the "Supplementary Questions" a limited number of references have been given, but the teachers or pupils who wish to examine a larger amount of material on subjects discussed in this book should make use of the extensive bibliographies in the author's “American Government” or in his “American Federal State."

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