Classics In American Government

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-06-23
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing

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CLASSICS IN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT is a brief collection of many of the most important readings in American government. This set of documents were written by revolutionaries, presidents, U.S. Supreme Court judges, historians, political scientists, journalists, and politicians?but all share the commonality of recognized importance. Each selection is generally acknowledged to be a major statement about some aspect of American government, hence their designation as "classics."

Table of Contents

The Constitutional Framework
The Mayflower Compact
The First American Feminist
The Declaration of Independence
The Constitution of the United States
Explaining the Separation of Powers
Controlling Tyrannical Majorities
An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution
An African-American''s Perspective on the Constitution
Review Questions
Defending A Republican Form of Government
The "Necessary and Proper" Clause
Interpreting the "Commerce" Clause
Dual Federalism
The "Marble Cake" Theory of Federalism
Review Questions
Civil Liberties
Incorporation of the First Amendment
Extending the Right to Counsel to the State Courts
Custodial Interrogations
Extending the Exclusionary Rule to the States'' Courts
The Good Faith Exception
Right to Privacy
Legalizing Abortion
State Regulation of Abortion, Webster v. Reproductive Health Services
Burning the American Flag
Review Questions
Challenging the Status Quo
Separate But Equal Facilities
Desegregating the Schools, Brown v. Board of Education
Reapportionment and Equal Representation
Race in the 1990s
Review Questions
Public Opinion
The Pseudo-Environment of Public Opinion
Polling the Public
What Do Americans Really Believe?
Leaders Mold and Influence Public Opinion
The Paranoid Style in American Politics
Review Questions
Political Parties
Urban Political Machines
Responsible Party Government, The American Political Science Association
The Decline of Responsible Party Government
Electoral Bias of the Two-Party System
The Socialization of Conflict
The Emerging Republican Majority
Review Questions
Elections and Voters
Women and the Right to Vote
Holding Your District
Selling Candidates as Products
Critical Realigning Elections
Dirty Politics
Review Questions
Lobbyists and Interest Groups
Controlling Factions
The Concurrnet Majority
Defending Pluralist Politics
Attacking Pluralist Politics
Review Questions
Mass Media
Language and Politics
The Kennedy-Nixon TV Debates
Political Symbols
Review Questions
The Congress
Representing the Nation
The Framers'' View of Representation
Constituency Representation
Popular Congressman and Unpopular Congress
How Congress Saved Chrysler
Review Questions
The Presidency
Creating the Presidency
The Prerogative Theory of the Presidency
The Stewardship Theory of the Presidency
The Literalist Theory of the Presidency
The Presidential Power to Persuade
The Two Presidenci
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