Readings in American Government

Readings in American Government

Readings in American Government

Readings in American Government

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The purpose of this volume is to bring together a number of articles and documents which are not readily available for classroom use but which are of value because they show how the government functions. Each selection has been chosen because of its vigor, its thoroughness, and the freshness of its point of attack. Most of the readings have been put to the test with a group of college sophomores and juniors in the School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, who have responded to the material with more enthusiasm and interest than to the text-books. As far as possible, selections have been reprinted which show the relationship of economics, sociology, history, and psychology to the problems of government.

The book is primarily intended as supplementary reading in university and college courses. In order to facilitate its use, references to a number of well-known text-books are given at the end of each chapter. Introductory statements prefixed to each chapter are provided with the hope that they may serve as a device to secure continuity so that the work will be more usable.

No attempt has been made to cover the war powers, the activities of the Navy Department or the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Labor and Interior. The Editor is conscious of these and other omissions, but lack of space prevented their inclusion. The topics covered seemed to be of greater significance.

Acknowledgment is due to the generous response of editors, publishers, and authors who have permitted the reprinting of the material. The editors of the American Political Science Review, the National Municipal Review, the Nation, the Outlook, the New Republic, the Century, the Forum, and the Congressional Digest have been exceedingly courteous in extending their permissions.

The editor desires to express his appreciation to his colleagues of the School of Citizenship and Public Affairs for their advice and help in the preparation of the volume. Special acknowledgment is due to Dr. Earle H. Ketcham, who has given much time to the choice of Selections and to the chapter prefaces. The Editor assumes all responsibility for the material as presented.

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