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THE CENTURY POLITICAL SCIENCE SERIES EDITED BY FREDERIC A, OGG, University of Wisconsin
*INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT. By Frederic A.
Ogg, University of Wisconsin, and P. Orman Ray,
Northwestern University. *STATE GOVERNMENT IN THE UNITED STATES. By Walter F.
Dodd, Chicago, Illinois. *THE CONDUCT OF AMERICAN FOREIGN RELATIONS. By John
M. Mathews, University of Illinois. *AN INTRODUCTION TO WORLD POLITICS. By Herbert Adams
Gibbons, Princeton, New Jersey. *INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZA
TION. By Pitman B. Potter, University of Wisconsin. *LATIN AMERICA AND THE UNITED STATES. By Graham H.
Stuart, Stanford University. *HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT. By Raymond G. Gettell,
University of California. *INTERNATIONAL LAW. By Charles G. Fenwick, Bryn Mawr
College. AMERICAN PARTIES AND ELECTIONS. By Edward M. Sait,
University of California. MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT. By Thomas H. Reed, University of
Michigan. PRACTICE OF MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION. By Lent D. Upson,
Detroit Bureau of Governmental Research. LEGISLATION. By Joseph P. Chamberlain, Columbia Univer
sity. CONSTITUTIONAL LAW OF THE UNITED STATES. By Edward
S. Corwin, Princeton University. CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. By An.
drew C. McLaughlin, University of Chicago. RECENT AND CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORY. By Francis
W. Coker, Ohio State University. COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT. By Frederic A. Ogg, University
of Wisconsin. EUROPEAN DIPLOMACY, 1914-1921. By Charles Seymour, Yale
University. AMERICAN DIPLOMACY. By Edwin M. Borchard, Yale Uni
versity. COLONIAL GOVERNMENT AND ADMINISTRATION. By J. Ralston
Hayden, University of Michigan. AMERICAN INTERESTS AND POLICIES IN THE FAR EAST. By
Stanley K. Hornbeck, Harvard University. GOVERNMENTS AND PARTIES IN THE FAR EAST. By Harold
8. Quigley, University of Minnesota.
This collection of materials is designed to supplement the standard text-books on American Government. It had its origin in attempts to make the subject more vivid to my own students through the use of some of these documents. The processes of government often present a great deal of difficulty to the undergraduate because of their complexity. By using materials which show, in their original form, the results, as well as the methods, of governmental operations, I have found that students more readily understand them. While it is obvious that documentary records cannot be expected to give a complete view of an important situation or development, they certainly help to round out the picture. They also furnish valuable case material from which the instructor can help the student deduce the principles upon which the processes are based.
Before finally selecting the materials to be included in this collection, a tentative list of contents was sent to a number of instructors in various colleges and universities, with a request for suggestions of additions or omissions. As was to be expected, the replies showed that no two persons would make precisely the same selection; but in almost every case valuable suggestions were offered. Upon the basis of these reactions, a second list of contents was compiled; and this was discussed with several instructors in personal conferences. The final choice, therefore, represents something approaching a coöperative effort, even though I alone must assume the responsibility for the principles upon which the documents were selected, as well as for the actual list as ultimately made up.
In choosing materials for inclusion, I have been guided by the following considerations:
(1) Primary source material has been preferred to sec