Transcribed by Elaine Rathmann
This book has been written to answer a
demand for a single text on state and national government. The
increasing interest shown in the study of civil government is proof
that the people are thinking and studying about governmental affairs
as never before.
The statement of fact in some parts of
the book are necessarily brief. To supplement the work in the study
of Iowa government, constant reference should be made to the code,
and also to the session laws of the general assembly. Many valuable
public documents, for use in supplementary work, maybe had, free of
charge, by applying to the officers who have the care of the work
upon which the information is desired.
A knowledge of the fact of civil
government will not in itself result in good citizenship. If, as is
so often stated, the primary object of the public schools is to
train for citizenship, the work is but poorly done that does not
have for its foundation the formation of right habits of thought and
action, and the development of noble manhood and womanhood.