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Its Origins and Its Tasks

BY

JAMES H. TUFTS
Professor in the University of Chicago

NEW YORK
HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY

1917

COPYRIGHT, 1917,

BY

HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY

Published November, 1917

THE QUINN & BODEN CO. PRESS

RAMWAY, N.

PREFACE

HIS book is not for the scholar. It is intended for the citizen-and the prospective citizen

who is willing to know better what his country stands for. It has little to say about the machinery of our government; its main concern is with the principles and ideas which the machinery is meant to serve. In attempting to trace the origins and significance of these principles which America means to us it draws upon materials from history, sociology, and politics which are familiar to scholars, but have not, so far as I am aware, been brought together into a connected view and presented in untechnical fashion for the general reader and the younger reader.

The book is not a product of the war. It was begun before 1914 as a part of a larger study of “ The Real Business of Living.” But just now the real business of living for all of us is centering more than before in national ideals and national tasks. And although the purpose and plan of the book has been constructive rather than in any sense polemic, the conviction has grown that a juster and finer appreciation of democracy as contrasted with autocracy is certain to result from a study of what we have passed through and left behind in gaining liberty and self-government. Furthermore, most of the problems discussed are not

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