Bryce's American Commonwealth Fiftieth Anniversary

Bryce's American Commonwealth Fiftieth Anniversary

Bryce's American Commonwealth Fiftieth Anniversary

Bryce's American Commonwealth Fiftieth Anniversary

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James Bryce published the first edition of The American Commonwealth in 1888. To commemorate the completion of the half century during which his book has been accepted as the great classic on government and politics in the United States, the American Political Science Association arranged a subscription dinner as one of the features of its Thirtyfourth Annual Meeting, held in Columbus, Ohio, December 28-30, 1938. By common consent this dinner, which took place in the Ball Room of the Deshler-Wallick Hotel, Thursday evening, December 29, was one of the most interesting events ever sponsored by the Association. President Clarence K. Dykstra proved himself a very gracious and happy chairman for the occasion: several former presidents of the Association shared the platform with him.

Formal papers were read at the Bryce Memorial Dinner by Professors Charles G. Haines of the University of California at Los Angeles, Robert C. Brooks of Swarthmore College, and Francis W. Coker of Yale University. All three are reproduced at length in the following pages. In addition Charles A. Beard regaled the diners with an impromptu address devoted largely to an account of his close association with Lord Bryce in preparing the 1910 edition of The American Commonwealth.

Of course no one evening could prove sufficient to deal with all phases of so monumental a work as that which is commemorated in the present volume. Immediately after the Columbus meeting, therefore, the editor invited Dr. FrancesL. Reinhold . . .

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