The County: The "Dark Continent" of the American Politics

The County: The "Dark Continent" of the American Politics

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The County: The "Dark Continent" of the American Politics

The County: The "Dark Continent" of the American Politics

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The American people have never ceased, nor do they give any signs of ceasing, in their effort to master the mechanics of political democracy. Curiously, however, they have quite neglected one of the most promising of all the approaches to this study -- the government of counties. It is in the belief that a discussion of this subject would tend to throw a great new light upon the "democratic experiment" that the author has prepared this volume.

This is not a hand-book or a treatise on counties. Such a work cannot be successfully carried through without a much wider and more thorough research into the subject than has as yet been attempted. The author hopes that this present work will do something to suggest and stimulate such research. In the meantime the outlines of a very real and very important "county problem" are visible and they mark the scope of this volume.

The reader will doubtless note the complete absence of any discussion of the county in its relation to the educational system. The explanation of this omission lies in the great difficulty of distinguishing anything like a universal interest . . .

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