Description : The story of how democratic government came about in this country is a thrilling story indeed. It starts when people arrived on the shores of this new land, and continues down to today. No one person, no one group of persons, thought up the idea and the forms and practices that make democratic government. Many persons have shared; there have been long and thoughtful discussions; many hard problems have been worked on, and many courageous and unselfish things have been done to try to make self-government a reality. To tell this story of people and events is the purpose of this bulletin. It is not an entirely new story to boys and girls. They know much of its factual background. The author has tried in a series of dramatic episodes to supplement what textbooks and reference books usually have space to present about the growth of democratic ideals. In these episodes, people live and work, argue and formulate opinions, plan and perfect their ideal of "government of the people, by the people, and for the people." At the end of the chapters, there are suggestions of how to apply the principles of responsible self-government to our everyday affairs. If boys and girls get a clearer idea of the responsibility of each of us for making democracy live and grow, the bulletin will be serving its purpose. (Contains 9 footnotes.) [Best copy available has been provided.].