The Government of the American People

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byFrank Strong

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901. Excerpt: ... PREFACE This book is a story of the development of government in America. The writers believe from experience and observation that there are four main reasons why books on Civil Government, for both the grammar grades and the high school, have proved unprofitable, and why there is such widespread complaint about the study of civil government in the schools, (i) The books used, with some exceptions, are too elementary in treatment, and so at once offend the sense of boys and girls; or, (2) they are made up of isolated topics which have no continuity and give no idea of government even in its simplest forms, and therefore fail to leave any impression as a whole upon the mind of the pupil; or, (3) they are practically mere analyses of the Constitution; or, (4) they are written in a style which makes necessary a large amount of interpretation in order that the pupil may understand the many unfamiliar terms and expressions. This book is written with the belief that pupils have the ability (which we often underrate) to understand and appropriate ideas of government if expressed mainly in terms to which they are accustomed and in a style that does not require interpreting. Especially is this true if the explanation of government is progressive and moves from the simpler to the more complex forms. There are two things, therefore, that seem to the writers most desirable, and even absolutely necessary. They are (i) that the story itself should have a decided continuity; (2) that the facts and forms of government should be connected in an unbroken narrative with those historical events upon which they depend, and without which it is impossible that they be rightly understood. These two requirements seem necessary for clearness and interest, and can be conformed to w...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901. Excerpt: ... PREFACE This book is a story of the development of government in America. The writers believe from experience and observation ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:74 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217445144

ISBN - 13:9780217445146

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