American Political Rhetoric : Essential Speeches and Writings on Founding Principles and Contemporary Controversies

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  • Copyright: 2010-09-01
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American Political Rhetoric is the only reader for introductory classes in American politics and government and political communication designed to explore fundamental political principles through classic examples of political rhetoric, from the Declaration of Independence to today. Selections include the entire political spectrum and contributors range from the founders to elected public officials, Supreme Court opinions, and representatives of historic movements for social change. Organized thematically, American Political Rhetoric allows students to explore the institutions of government and current controversies in civil rights, race, gender, and America's role in the world as the issues have evolved over time.

Author Biography

Peter Augustine Lawler is Dana Professor of Government at Berry College in Georgia and editor of the scholarly quarterly Perspectives on Political Science. Robert Martin Schaefer is chair of the Department of Political Science and Planning and professor of political science at the University of West Georgia

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Founding Principlesp. 1
The Declaration of Independence (1776)p. 1
Democracy in America (1835)p. 4
The Northwest Ordinance (1787)p. 10
Federalist 9p. 11
Federalist 10p. 14
Federalist 47p. 19
Federalist 48p. 25
Federalist 49p. 28
Federalist 51p. 32
Centinel, Letter I (1787)p. 35
On Property (1792)p. 38
Farewell Address (1796)p. 40
Letter to John Adams (1813)p. 41
Federalismp. 43
Federalist 39p. 43
Notes on the State of Virginia (1784)p. 47
McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)p. 48
Hammer v. Dagenhart (1918)p. 52
United States v. Darby (1941)p. 56
Garcia v. San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Authority (1985)p. 57
United States v. Lopez (1995)p. 61
President and Congressp. 67
Federalist 57p. 67
Federalist 63p. 71
Federalist 70p. 73
Federalist 71p. 74
Federalist 73p. 76
Message to Congress in Special Session (1861)p. 79
Message to Congress (1942)p. 81
The War Powers Resolution (1973)p. 82
United States v. Nixon (1974)p. 84
The Nixon Pardon (1974)p. 88
September 11, 2001 [2001]p. 89
Statement on the Intelligence Authorization Act (2004)p. 91
Memorandum on Presidential Signing Statements (2009)p. 92
Judiciaryp. 95
Brutus Essay XI (1788)p. 95
Federalist 78p. 96
Marbury v. Madison (1803)p. 102
First Inaugural Address (1861)p. 106
Court-Packing Address (1937)p. 107
Speech to the Text and Teaching Symposium, Georgetown University (1985)p. 110
Connecticut Griswold v. (1965)p. 115
Roe v. Wade (1973)p. 117
Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey (1992)p. 121
Speaking in a Judicial Voice (1992)p. 126
Gonzales v. Carhart (2007)p. 129
Lee v. Weisman (1992)p. 133
McCreary v. American Civil Liberties Union (2005)p. 135
District of Columbia v. Heller (2008)p. 138
Parties and Electionsp. 143
Parties (1792)p. 143
The Danger Threatening Representative Government (1897)p. 144
Constitutional Government in the United States (1908)p. 147
Fireside Chat on Party Primaries (1938)p. 152
The McGovern-Fraser Commission Report (1971)p. 153
Constitutional Preservation and Political Changep. 157
Letter to Nehemiah Dodge and Others: A Committee of the Danbury Baptist Association, in the State of Connecticut (1802)p. 157
The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions: Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois (1838)p. 158
Democracy in America (1840)p. 164
Final Text of the Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg (1863)p. 167
Constitutional Government in the United States (1908)p. 167
Commonwealth Club Campaign Speech (1932)p. 169
Address to the Young Democratic Clubs of America (1935)p. 177
State of the Union Address (1964)p. 179
Commencement Address at the University of Michigan (1964)p. 181
State of the Union Address (1982)p. 183
Remarks at the Welfare Reform Bill Signing (1996)p. 187
Remarks on the Human Genome Project (2000)p. 191
Remarks on Stem Cell Research (2001)p. 193
Remarks on the Stem Cell Executive Order and Scientific Integrity Presidential Memorandum (2009)p. 196
Civil Rights: Racep. 201
Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857)p. 201
Sections of the U.S. Constitution Concerning Slaveryp. 205
Draft of the Declaration of Independence (1776)p. 206
Notes on the State of Virginia (1784)p. 206
Speech on the Repeal of the Missouri Compromise (1854)p. 208
Address for the Promotion of Colored Enlistment (1864)p. 212
Cornerstone Speech (1861)p. 213
Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln (1876)p. 213
Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)p. 214
Brown v. Board of Education (1954)p. 215
Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963)p. 219
Address on Voting Rights (1965)p. 228
Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978)p. 233
City of Richmond v. Croson (1989)p. 236
Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Pena (1995)p. 241
Bollinger Grutter v. (2003)p. 243
A More Perfect Union (2008)p. 251
Ricci v. DeStefano (2009)p. 259
Civil Rights: Genderp. 265
Letter to John Adams (1776)p. 265
Letter to Abigail Adams (1776)p. 266
The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions (1848)p. 266
Woman's Suffrage Movement (1870)p. 270
Why Women Should Vote (1910)p. 272
Rostker v. Goldberg (1981)p. 274
Address to the Women's Forum (1984)p. 276
Change: From What to What? (1992)p. 279
Romer v. Evans (1996)p. 281
Lawrence v. Texas (2003)p. 287
Foreign Policyp. 293
Federalist 23p. 293
Pacificus, Letter No. 1 (1793)p. 294
Helvidius, Letter No. 1 (1793)p. 297
Farewell Address (1796)p. 299
Four Freedoms Speech (1941)p. 302
Special Message to Congress on Greece and Turkey: The Truman Doctrine (1947)p. 304
Farewell Address (1961)p. 307
Address at the University of Notre Dame (1977)p. 309
Address to the British Parliament (1982)p. 313
Second Inaugural Address (2005)p. 319
Remarks by the President at the Acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize (2009)p. 322
Appendix: The Constitution of the United States of Americap. 327
About the Editorsp. 347
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