American Government in Black and White Diversity and Democracy

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  • Copyright: 2017-01-02
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American Government in Black and White: Diversity and Democracy, Third Edition, is a unique introduction to American government that uses racial and ethnic equality as its underlying theme. Authors Paula D. McClain and Steven C. Tauber address issues of inequality in major facets of
government, including the U.S. Constitution, key American political institutions and instruments of political behavior, and the making of public policy. Engaging the original voices of racial and ethnic actors in our nation's history, they show students how to measure and evaluate the importance of
equality in America, from its founding up to today. The third edition has been thoroughly updated to cover recent political events, including the 2016 presidential election campaigns and outcomes.

Author Biography

Paula D. McCLain is Professor of Political Science, Professor of Public Policy, Dean of the Graduate School, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences at Duke University.

Steven C. Tauber is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida.

Table of Contents

To the Student

Chapter 1: American Government and Politics in a Racially Divided World
The Nature of Government
The Functions of Government
The Types of Government
Principles of Constitutional Democracies
The Rule of Law
Natural Law
Natural Rights
Foundations of American Government
Classical Liberalism
Classical Republicanism
Tradition of Exclusion (Inegalitarianism)
Our Voices: Lemeul Haynes -- Republicanism and Slavery
Evaluating Equality: Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings
Exclusion and the Founding
Measuring Equality: Who Was Eligible to Be Included in "We the People"?
Review Questions
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Chapter 2: The Constitution: Rights and Race Intertwined
A Revolution for Independence
The Road to Revolution
Declaring Independence
First Attempt at National Government: The Articles of Confederation
A Limited National Government
Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
Our Voices: Prince Hall (1748-1807)
Second Attempt at National Government: The Constitution
The Convention Delegates
Forming a New Government
Measuring Equality: Whom Did the Framers Represent?
The Great Compromise
Debate over Ratification
Evaluating Equality: The Effect of the Three-Fifths Compromise on the Political Power of the South
The Bill of Rights
National Government Under the Constitution
National Supremacy
The Legislative Branch
The Executive Brance
The Judicial Branch
Liberalized Amendment Rules
Planning for Potential Pitfalls
Separating Powers
Varying Terms of Office
Selecting National Government Officials
Qualifying for National Office
Instituting Checks and Balances
Review Questions
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Chapter 3: Federalism: Balancing Power, Balancing Rights
Federalism and State and Local Governments
State Legislatures
Measuring Equality: Black and Latino Representation in State Legislatures
State Courts
Local Governments
Federalism and the Constitution
The Constitution and National Government Power
Constitutional Amendments and National Power
The Constitution and State Power
The Evolution of American Federalism
Federalism in the Early Republic and Industrialization
Dual Federalism and the Ascendency of State Autonomy
Our Voices: John Marshall and the Status of Indian Tribes
Cooperative Federalism and the Growth of the National Government
Evaluating Equality: Shelby County (AL) v. Holder and Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act
The Era of Devolution
Review Questions
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Chapter 4: Civil Liberties: Freedom and Government Authority in Tension
The Bill of Rights
Origins of the Bill of Rights
Incorporation of the Bill of Rights
Freedom of Expression
Political Dissent
Pornography and Offensive Speech
Freedom of the Press
Freedom of Religion
Establishment of Religion
Free Exercise of Religion
Criminal Justice
Our Voices: The Right to Practice Nontraditional Religions (Employment Division v. Smith)
Evaluating Equality: Recognizing Values in Political Cartoons on Racial Profiling in Fighitng Terrorism
Measuring Equality: Discrimination, Death Row Population, and Executions in States with the Death Penalty
Personal Autonomy
Reproductive Freedom
Review Questions
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Chapter 5: Civil Rights: Inequality and Equality
Group Designation
Forms of Inequality
Race, Ethnicity, and Civil Rights
Our Voices: South Carolina's Black Codes
Measuring Equality: Voter Registration and the Voting Rights ACt of 1965
Evaluating Equality: Terminology and Support for Illegal Immigration Reform
Asian Americans
American Indians
Nonracial and Ethnic Struggles for Civil Rights
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and the Transgendered
Elderly and Disabled
Review Questions
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Chapter 6: Congress: Representation and Lawmaking
The Nature of Congressional Representation
The Unrepresented
Our Voices: Nonvoting Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and Representation for Washington, D.C.
Members of Congress
Evaluating Equality: Should the Race or Ethnicity of a Representative Matter?
Congressional Organization and Leadership
Leadership in the House
Leadership in the Senate
Informal Organizations
The Lawmaking Process
Activity on the House Floor
Action on the Senate Floor
Reconciling Differences Between House and Senate Bills
Nonlawmaking Functions of Congress
Influences on Congressional Decision-Making
Party Leaders
Measuring Equality: The Influence of Race and Political Party on Congressional Voting
Interest Groups
Review Questions
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Chapter 7: The Presidency: Conventional Wisdom Redefined
Becoming President
The Presidential Selection Process
Our Voices: Barack Obama's First Inaugural Address, January 20, 2009
Financing Presidential Campaigns
Measuring Equality: Scatterplots of Obama Vote and Minority Populations
Presidential Power
Administrative Powers of the President
Foreign Powers of the President
Domestic Powers of the President
Executive Branch Organization
The Vice President
The President's Spouse
The Cabinet
The Executive Office of the President
The White House Staff
Presidents and Congress
Negotiating with Congress
Evaluating Equality: Racial and Ethnic Representation in the Executive Branch
Presidents and the Public
Congressional Investigations of the Executive Branch
Review Questions
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Chapter 8: The Bureaucracy: Career Government Employees, Accountability, and Race
Bureaucratic Organization
Cabinet Departments
Independent Regulatory Commissions
Independent Executive Agencies
Our Voices: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the Controversy over Florida and the 2000 Election
Government Corporations
The Bureaucrats
Politics versus Merit
Evaluating Equality: Bureaucratic Organization and American Indians
Bureaucratic Policymaking and Power
Measuring Equality: Minority Representation in the Federal Civilian Workforce
Sources of Bureaucratic Power
Controlling Bureaucracies
Executive Control over Bureaucracies
Legislative Control over Bureaucracies
Judicial Control over Bureaucracies
Review Questions
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Chapter 9: The Judiciary: Blending Law and Politics
Law and Courts
Dimensions of Law
Organization of the Federal Judiciary
Judicial Powers and Limitations
The Origins and Development of Judicial Review
Judicial Review and Constitutional Interpretation
Judicial Review and Civil Rights
Evaluating Equality: Judicial Review, Legal Interpretation, and Civil Rights
Limitations on the Courts
Judicial Selection
Nominating Judges
Confirming Judges
Race and Ethnicity and Judicial Nominations
Measuring Equality: Presidents's Records of Minority Judicial Appointments to the Lower Federal Courts
Decisionmaking on the Supreme Court
Decisionmaking Procedures
The Influence of a Judge's Background on Judicial Decision-Making
Attorney Influence on Court Decision-Making
Our Voices: Opinions of African-American Supreme Court Justices
Review Questions
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Chapter 10: Public Opinion: Divided By Race?
Public Opinion Overview
Our Voices: Transcript of Conversation between Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and Governor Ross Barnett of Mississippi (Sunday, September 20, 1962)
Political Culture and Public Opinion
Political Socialization
Expressions of Public Opinion
Measuring Public Opinion
The Mechanics of Polling
How the Sample is Drawn
How a Question is Worded
When a Question is Asked WIthin the Survey
When Data are Gathered
How Data are Gathered
Race, Gender, and Public Opinion
Evaluating Equality: Differences in Perception of Discrimination Against Black Americans
Measuring Equality: Donald Trump, Barack Obama and the "Birthers"
Demographic Factors
Partisan Identification
The Media
The Bradley Effect
Pubilc Opinion and Politics
Review Questions
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Chapter 11: The Media: Reinforcing Racial Stereotypes?
A History of Media and Politics
Print Media
Our Voices: The Liberator and Abolitionism
Broadcast Radio and Television
Cable and Satellite
The Internet and Social Media
The Media Industry
The Media Business
Media Personnel
Press Coverage of Politics and Government Officials and Institutions
Measuring Equality: Racial and Ethnic Minority Representation in the Media
Reporting of Elections
Coverage of Government Official and Institutions
Government Regulation
Evaluating Equality: Racial Bias in the Press Coverage of Hurricane Katrina?
Review Questions
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Chapter 12: Social Movements: Civil Rights as a Movement Model
A Social Movement Defined
Conditions that Give Rise to Social Movements
Social Movements and Democracy
Successful American Social Movements
The Civil Rights Movement
Our Voices: Excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail
The Women's Suffrage and Women's Rights Movements
Evaluating Equality: What Arguments Did Supporters and Opponents of the ERA Put Forth?
The Labor Movement
Measuring Equality: Unions and Wages
The Environment Movement
The Anti-Vietnam War Movement
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Movement
Other Important U.S. Social Movements
Chicano Civil Rights Movement
American Indian Movement
Asian American Movement
The Antinuclear Movement
Religious Fundamentalist Movement
Why Some Social Movements Decline and Some Fail
Factors That Contribute to Social Movement Decline
Factors That Contribute to Social Movement Failure
Social Movement or Political Activism?
Black Lives Matter
Review Questions
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Chapter 13: Interest Groups: Good Outcomes with Few Resources
Interest Groups and Their Functions
Our Voices: Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931)
A Group-Based View of American Politics
Criticisms of Pluralism
Interest Group Formation
Types of Interest Groups
Economic Interest Groups
Evaluating Equality: The AMA Apologizes to Black Physicians
Noneconomic Interest Groups
Techniques of Interest Groups
Media Campaigns
Factors That Make Interest Groups Effective
Political and Financial Inequalities
Measuring Equality: Selected Racial and Ethnic Interest Groups and Their Resources
Review Questions
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Chapter 14: Political Parties: Linking Voters and Governing Institutions
The Development of the Two-Party System
The Early Parties
Realignment and Republican Party Dominance
The New Deal Coalition and Democratic Party Dominance
The End of Party Dominance and the Rise of Party Competition
Minor Parties
Party Organization
Evaluating Equality: Minor Parties and Racial and Ethnic Minorities
National Party Conventions
National Party Committees
Our Voices: Political Party Platforms and Civil Rights
State and Local Organization
Parties and Voters
Party Identification
Parties and Group Attachments
Measuring Equality: Latinos, Religious Preference, and Party Identification
Review Questions
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Chapter 15: Voting and Elections: From Obama to Clinton
The Electoral Process: Nominating a Candidate
Primary Elections
Measuring Equality: Obama's Attention to Caucus States in the 2008 Presidential Election
Party Conventions
General Elections
Electing the President: How the Electoral College Works
Campaigning for Elections
Developing a Campaign Strategy
Financing a Campaign
Running a Campaign
Winning the Election: How Elections Are Decided
Factors That Affect Voter Participation
Evaluating Equality: Calculating Voting Turnout Rates
Why Americans Do Not Vote
Demographics and Voting
Marital Status
Socioeconomic Status
The 2016 Presidential Election
Our Voices: Senator Barack Obama's Speech on Race: "A More Perfect Union"
Review Questions
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Chapter 16: The Making of Domestic and Foreign Policy: Summing Up American Government in Black and White
Social Movements, Interest Groups, and Agenda-Setting
The Media and Agenda Setting
Policy Enactment
Our Voices: President Obama's Cairo Speech
Policy Formulation
Policy Adoption
Evaluating Equality: Racism and the Public Debate over the Adoption of Health Care Reform Policies
Postenactment Stages
Policy Implementation
Policy Evaluation
Measuring Equality: Racial Disparities in the Punishment of Drug Offenders
Review Questions
Key Terms
Additional Readings
Appendix I: The Declaration of Independence
Appendix II: The Constitution

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