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In "The Government Class Book Designed for the Instruction of Youth" by Andrew W. Young, readers are presented with an enlightening and comprehensive examination of various aspects of government. Young's work is intelligently crafted to engage and educate young readers, making it an excellent resource for students.

The book's structure is well-thought-out, starting with an introduction to the principles of government and gradually building up to more intricate topics. Young skillfully explains the fundamental concepts of democracy, federalism, and the separation of powers, providing a solid foundation for readers to comprehend more complex political theories.

One of the standout qualities of this book is the author's ability to present information in a clear and accessible manner. Young strikes an impressive balance between explaining intricate political ideas and avoiding overwhelming readers with excess information. His writing style is engaging, lively, and easy to follow, making it suitable for both introductory readers and those with more advanced knowledge.

To further enhance the learning experience, Young incorporates numerous examples and anecdotes from history to illustrate his points effectively. By referencing real-life situations and events, he enables readers to understand how these political theories have been applied throughout history and how they impact our lives today.

Moreover, the inclusion of discussion questions and exercises at the end of each chapter is a valuable pedagogical tool. These activities encourage readers to critically analyze the material, apply it to real-world scenarios, and think independently. This interactive approach not only reinforces comprehension but also helps cultivate critical thinking skills.

While Young's "The Government Class Book" undeniably excels in its purpose of instructing youth on matters of government, some readers may find that certain sections could benefit from more in-depth exploration. Though the book provides a broad overview of the subject, some topics may leave readers seeking additional information for a deeper understanding.

In conclusion, Andrew W. Young's "The Government Class Book Designed for the Instruction of Youth" is an exceptional resource for young learners aiming to grasp the fundamentals of government. With its accessible language, well-structured layout, and engaging writing style, this book successfully educates and sparks curiosity about political systems and their impact. Although some readers may desire more depth in certain areas, overall, this book serves as an invaluable tool for young minds exploring the world of governance.

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[Transcriber's Note: In the original book, questions appeared at the bottom of each page. These questions have been compiled at the end of the text.]

The Government Class Book;

Designed for the Instruction of Youth in the Principles of Constitutional Government and the Rights and Duties of Citizens.

By Andrew W. Young,

Author of "Science of Government," "First Lessons in Civil Government," "American Statesman," "Citizen's Manual of Government and Law."


Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1859, by Andrew W. Young, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Northern District of New York.


The utility of the diffusion of political knowledge among a people exercising the right of self government, is universally admitted. The form of government established by the people of the United States, though well adapted to promote the general welfare, is highly complicated; and the knowledge requisite to administer it successfully can not be acquired without much study. From the fact that a large portion of the American people are greatly deficient in this knowledge, we may justly conclude that it will never become general, until it shall have been made an object of school instruction... Continue reading book >>

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