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PROFESSOR OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT, COLORADO STATE
OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION FOR COLORADO.
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1897, by
EL DREDGE & BROTHER, in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.
In the preparation of this work, the aim has been, not to present a hand-book of condensed facts, but through interest and suggestion, to stimulate the desire for individual investigation. In accordance with this view, the school library should be provided with the Session Laws, issued by the Secretary of State, since 1887. In this connection a set of Mills Annotated Statutes (3 vols.) and a set of Hall's History of Colorado (4 vols.) will prove valuable aids. The teacher and pupils should make a collection of primary, convention and election calls, official ballots, blanks used by various officers and the official reports of State and local officers.
The pupil should be led to discover the principles of government by his own thought and labor. To assist and direct in this work numerous references have been given to the Constitution. In the study of government nothing can take the place of the Constitution.
To use the “Studies” profitably, will require much conscientious preparation on the part of the teacher. The instructor should encourage intelligent observation of all those things with which the citizen has to do in every-day life.
That knowledge of government is valueless which does not inspire the pupil, at the proper time, to the performance of civic duties; which does not lead him to realize that obedience to authority is the fundamental basis of patriotism.
Criticisms, suggestions and questions that may occur to teachers who use this book will be received in the professional spirit.
The author desires to express his obligations to Professor N. M. Fenneman, his colleague, at whose suggestion this book was undertaken, and to others who have kindly aided with advice and information.
For the purpose of uniformity, the plan and portions of the text of this book are similar to those in other works of the series of which it is a part.
J. S. Y.