Government and Politics in the United States: Problems in American Democracy by William Backus Guitteau

Government and Politics in the United States: Problems in American Democracy by William Backus Guitteau

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Government and Politics in the United States: Problems in American Democracy is a textbook on local, state and national governments. It contains a variety of explanatory graphs, tables, diagrams, and photographs. The front cover contains an illustration of the seal of the United States.
Author William Backus Guitteau was a leader in the American progressive movement of the late 19th Century in the areas of education, health, and government reform. He earned a law degree from Ohio State University, an M.A. in economics at Cornell University, followed by a PhD. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1911, Guitteau became Superintendent of Toledo Public Schools, later serving as Director of Schools from 1923 through 1925. He lectured about municipal reform and published several textbooks on government and history. Guitteau also led a highly successful movement to provide better education for those stricken with tuberculosis.
After the main text, there is a supplementary text entitled The Government of Kansas by Victor Iles. He was an Associate Professor at Kansas State Agricultural College.
Henry Oscar Houghton, a printer and one-time mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, founded Riverside Press in 1852 along the banks of the Charles River. In 1880, Houghton partnered with George Mifflin to found Houghton Mifflin Company. Riverside Press continued to expand throughout the latter half of the 19th Century, growing to over 600 employees by 1886. Riverside was known for its quality typographic, stylistic, and artistic work. Houghton Mifflin (Riverside’s parent company) continued to invest in the press well into the 20th century. By the late 1960s, however, with the advent of newer technology and increased competition, the viability of Riverside was called into question. By 1971, the original Riverside Press was closed after 120 years of continuous operation in Cambridge.
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Houghton Mifflin Company
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United States: Massachusetts, Cambridge
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overall: 19.4 cm x 13.5 cm x 3.9 cm; 7 5/8 in x 5 5/16 in x 1 17/32 in
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Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection
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