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FOR YOUNG AMERICANS.

By CHARLES NORDHOFF,

AUTHOR OF

THE COMMUNISTIC SOCIETIES OF THE UNITED STATES," NORTHERN
CALIFORNIA, OREGON, AND THE SANDWICH ISLANDS,” CALI-

FORNIA FOR HEALTH, PLEASURE, AND RESIDENCE," ETC.

A REVISED EDITION FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES.

NEW YORK:
HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,

FRANKLIN SQUARE.

HARVARD COLLEGE

MAR 8 1934

LIBRARY
Gaverhill Public Library

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1875, by

HARPER & BROTHERS, In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

TO PARENTS AND TEACHERS.

In the following pages I have attempted to explain in simple language, and by familiar illustrations fitted for the comprehension of boys and girls, the meaning and limits of liberty, law, government, and human rights; and thus to make intelligible to them the political principles on which our system of government in the United States is founded.

The book grew out of an attempt, in a few letters, to instruct my oldest son in the political knowledge which every American boy ought to possess to fit him for the duties of citizenship. I found my subject much larger than I at first imagined; but interest in the attempt led me on, and what was begun originally for one boy is here printed for the use of others. I have retained the familiar and direct style which one naturally uses in addressing a boy, because thus I hope more easily to interest young people in the subject.

I believe that free government is a political application of the Christian theory of life; that at the base of the republican system lies the Golden Rule; and that

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