Handbook for literary and debating societies PDF book by Laurence M Gibson

Handbook for literary and debating societies, including 83 examples of questions for debate, with summarized arguments on both sides

Handbook for literary and debating societies

Of course, no attempt has been made to provide a complete bibliography on each subject for debate, nor have books been selected for their literary merit. The choice has fallen on those works which best provide the debater with compact information on the particular subject required, and preference has been given to those which are short, clear, and easily obtained. Pamphlets, although on many subjects of great value to the debater, are rarely quoted, because they are always ephemeral and rarely reprinted; on all subjects of a propaganda nature they can be easily obtained from the respective societies, the addresses of which can be found in Whitaker's Almanack. 

Such standard works as Hansard's Parliamentary Debates, the Encyclopedia Britannica, and the like, are not given as of practical use to those who find themselves brought face to face with the stern necessity of taking part in a debate with scant time at their disposal for research. If in any case the references given are found to be insufficient, the reader is referred to Poole's Index to Periodicals (with its supplements),

Sonnenschein's The Best Books, the subject catalogs of any good library, and the valuable Bibliographies dealing with special subjects (to find these refer to the excellent Bibliography of Bibliographies in the British Museum Reading Room). As some of the questions debated in the earlier editions have since been practically settled, and others are no longer of vital interest, a thorough revision of the whole book has been carried out, involving the deletion of more than a score of the old debates, the insertion of new ones in their place, the revision of the remaining subjects, and the compilation of an entirely new set of references for all the debates in the book. For the compilation of these references, I am much indebted to the painstaking research of Miss Florence G. Fidler.

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