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OF

American Politics

COMPRISING ACCOUNTS OF

Political Parties, Measures and Men,

AND

EXPLANATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION, DIVISIONS AND PRAC
TICAL WORKINGS OF THE GOVERNMENT, TOGETHER
WITH POLITICAL PHRASES, FAMILIAR NAMES
OF PERSONS AND PLACES, NOTE-
WORTHY SAYINGS, ETC., ETC.

By EVERIT BROWN,

Member of the New York Bar; Author of "The National Standard History
of the United States," etc.:

AND

ALBERT STRAUSS.

NEW YORK:

A. L. BURT.

1892.

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PREFACE.

A Brief examination of this volume will convey s clearer idea of its contents than any statement could do, yet a few words may he permitted concerning the aim of the authors.

It is for those who are more or less interested in the politics of the United States, hut who have neither time nor opportunity for seeking information in various and out-of-the-way places, that this book has been prepared. The main facts in the political history of the federal government from its foundation to the present moment are given under appropriate headings and in alphabetical order. The formation of the Constitution, its growth and interpretation, have been explained. The rise and fall of parties have been recounted. Famous measures, national movements and foreign relations have received full attention. Especial care has been exercised in describing the practical workings of the government in its various branches, and numerous lists of the more prominent officials are furnished. There will also be found accounts of the origin and meaning of political slang expressions, familiar names of persons and localities, famous phrases, and the like.

Most of these facts are scattered in volumes not generally accessible; many of them that circulate chiefly by word of mouth are hard to find explained in print; some are of such recent date that they have been recorded

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