Living Democracy, Texas Edition

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Living Democracygets students to participate in learning, in the classroom, and in change. The bookrs"s young and energetic author team cares deeply about student learning and student engagement. Lead author Dan Shea founded the Center for Political Participation and his experiences working with students in the classroom and in the center inspired him to team up with co-authors Joanne Connor Green (Texas Christian University) and Christopher E. Smith (Michigan State) to write an American Government text that truly inspires students and helps them experience the impact of government in their daily lives. Everything about the book-the writing, design, examples, photos, activities, and every page of the text-is designed to get students to participate in their class and in American politics.

Table of Contents

Foundations of American Government
About the Authors
American Government: Democracy in Action
American Democracy and the Individual Citizen
The Unique Democracy of the United States
Themes of This Book
Citizen Participation in Democratic Government
Pathways of Action
Pathways of Action: Active Students and Local Air Pollution Laws
Pathways Profile: A. Philip RandolphDiversity in American Society
Citizen Participation and Pathways: The Example of Abortion
Change and Stability in American Government
Sources of Stability
Pathways Profile: The Political Culture of Our Neighbor to the North
Early Governance and the Constitutional Framework
The Cry for Liberty, Equality, . . . and Slavery?
The Nature of Government and Politics
Types of GovernmentsEconomic Systems
Early Governance in America
Pathways of Action: The Sons of Liberty
The American Revolution
Pathways Profile: Thomas Paine and the "Common Sense" of Democracy
The Declaration of Independence
The Colonial Experience and the Pathways of Change
Pathways Past and Present: Tiimothy McVeigh's Revolution?
The Articles of Confederation
Limitations of the Articles of Confederation
Shays's Rebellion: An Alternative Look
The Constitutional Convention
The Great Compromise
The Three-Fifths Compromise
The Sectional Compromise
The U.S. Constitution
The Struggle over Ratification
The Federalist Papers
The Anti-Federalists' Response Other Challenges Faced by the New Nation
A Second Revolution Jacksonian Democracy Conclusion
Part 2
Federalism No Child Left Behind and the Ongoing Debate over Authority
Why Divide Authority in the First Place?
The Evolution of Federalism in the United States Before the Civil
Pathways of Action: The Civil War and the Failure of American Politics
Federalism after the Civil War Federal Power: The Supreme Court and the New Deal Recent Trends in Federalism
The New Deal and Cooperative Federalism
The Great Society and Creative Federalism
The Changing Nature of Federal Grants
Pathways of Action: Mandates to Prompt Change New Federalism
Pathways Past and
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