100 Key Documents In American Democracy / Edition 1

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Overview

This documentary collection traces the development and meaning of democracy in America from colonial times to the present. It includes classic writings and speeches such as Lincoln's Gettysburg Address as well as lesser-known gems such as Fannie Lou Hamer's testimony before the Credentials Committee of the Democratic Party convention and Cesar Chavez's Letter from Delano. Written or spoken by Presidents and ex-slaves, political theorists and poets, labor leaders and songwriters, Supreme Court justices and suffragettes, liberals and conservatives, these documents reflect the diversity and breadth of the American experience and the ongoing struggle to achieve the ideals on which the nation was founded. Forty-seven illustrations complement the text.

The collection can be read as a succinct overview of American history and used as a reference or source book. The documents have been selected with the advice of a number of America's leading scholars and teachers. Arranged by historical era, the collection begins with Powhatan's Letter to John Smith and closes with Jesse Jackson's Common Ground and Common Sense. Each document is organized with a fact box, up-to-date commentary based on recent scholarship, and list of suggested readings. Nearly a fifth of the documents represent recent events in American history; women and minorities are well represented. Shorter documents are full text; longer ones have been judiciously edited by Professor Levy for the general reader. An appendix contains the full text of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States (including all the amendments). Markets for this work are school, public, and college and university libraries, and college courses on American history, American government and politics, and American political theory.

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Editorial Reviews

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This one-volume collection of documents on the development and meaning of democracy fills an important need for source material….100 Key Documents in American Democracy is a unique and inspiring work that will prove useful for high-school, public, and undergraduate libraries and is highly recommended.

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Reference Books Bulletin

100 Key Documents In American Democracy spans the length and breadth of the American experience and the ongoing struggle to achieve the political ideas upon which the nation is founded. Each document is organized with a fact box, an up-to-date commentary based on recent scholarship, and a list of suggested readings.

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A collection tracing the development and meaning of democracy in America from colonial times to the present, in documents written or spoken by presidents, ex-slaves, political theorists, poets, labor leaders, songwriters, Supreme Court justices, and suffragettes. Each document is organized with a fact box, a commentary based on recent scholarship, and a list of suggested readings. Forty-seven b&w illustrations complement the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275965259
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 530
  • Sales rank: 1,432,099
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER B. LEVY is Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Political Science at York College.

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Table of Contents

Colonial America

The Early Republic

Antebellum Reform

The Civil War and Reconstruction

Westward and Industrial Expansion

The Progressive Era

Modernizing America

World War II and the Cold War

Recent America

Appendix A: Declaration of Independence

Appendix B: Constitution of the United States (including amendments)

Index

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