The following list is intended simply to be suggestive. Students are advised first of all to choose such subjects for study as are best suited to the local environment. Thus, if the student lives in a rural district, let him first study local land values, agricultural rent, farming methods and their changes, mortgage indebtedness, the size of farms, the business character of farmers, the use of machinery, transportation of produce, farmers' organizations, etc., all with reference to his own neighborhood. If he lives in a manufacturing town, let him study in the same way the factory problem, the extent to which women and children are employed, wages and hours of labor, means of preventing or adjusting clashes between employers and employed, etc.; or let him investigate the local railway problem, freight rates, safety precautions, accidents, etc.

It hardly needs to be said that in selecting subjects for debate from the following list, care should be exercised to choose only such topics as offer a real affirmative and negative, and to frame the question in such a way as to have the two sides well balanced.

Biographical And Personal

(Especially for Essays)

Sketch of the Life of Adam Smith.

The Life Work of Robert Owen.

Benjamin Franklin as a Practical Economist.

Arnold Toynbee.

Karl Marx and his Theories.

Henry George and the Single Tax.

Labor And Labor Organizations

Economic Causes for the Rise and Fall of Slavery in United States. Economic Bearings of Free Land in the United States. Indentured Servitude in the American Colonies. The Sweating System in our Great Cities. The Value and Cost of Child Labor. Convict Labor.

The Economy of High Wages. Sunday Labor.

The History and Prospects of Profit-sharing. Voluntary Cooperation in the United States. Workingmen's Budgets. Old Age Pensions.

Labor Organizations in the United States. Incorporation of Trade-unions. Compulsory Incorporation of Trade-unions. The American Federation of Labor. Compulsory Arbitration in New Zealand. Factory Legislation in the United State*. Strikes.

The National Consumers' League. Trade-union Labels. The National Civic Federation.

Chinese Labor and the American Standard of Life. The Power of Consumers over Conditions of Employment. Combinations of Employers and Employees against the Public Government by Injunction.

Land And Food Supply

Agricultural Rents in England during the Nineteenth Century.

Extensive and Intensive Farming in the United States.

The Relation between Small Farms and Democracy.

Forest Culture in New York State.

What Has Been Done with our Public Domain ?

The Possibilities of Irrigation in our Arid States.

How Great Cities are Fed.

Money, Banks, And Banking

Money in Various Climes and Times.

The Demonetization of Silver in the United States.

National and International Bimetallism.

Fiat Money in an Ideal State.

The English and American Banking Systems.

Our National Banking System.

Postal Savings Banks.

A Visit to the New York Clearing-house.

Credit in Modern Industry.

Usury and Usury Laws.

The Proposed Branch Banking System in the United States.

The Law of March 14,1900.

Assets Currency.

Commerce, Monopolies, Etc.

The Advance and Decline of American Shipping. Ship Subsidies.

The Stock Market and its Relation to Industry. Economic Crises.

Monopolies, Old and New.

Trusts, What They Are and What They Do.

Municipal Lighting.

The Social Economy and Waste of Advertising.


The Farmer's Interest in Good Roads.

The Prussian Railway System.

Railway Combinations in the United States.

The Interstate Commerce Commission and its Powers.

River and Harbor Bills.

How Railway Rates Should Be Determined.

Social Problems

The Influence of Luxury upon Rich and Poor.

How a Day-laborer with a Family of Five Exists in the Stu-

dent's Community. Tenement-house Life in Large Cities, Working-girls' Clubs.

The Economic and Moral Causes of Poverty. The Charity that Pauperizes. Immigration and Social Standards. Child Labor.