Known for its provocative and engaging issues approach, AMERICA AT ODDS, 6e, now features a groundbreaking new magazine-style format that greatly enhances its visual appeal and readability while remaining affordable and convenient. This unique text provides a memorable and effective introduction to American government by focusing on the current and historical conflicts and controversies that define America as a nation. AMERICA AT ODDS combines compelling content, innovative design elements, and powerful teaching tools to help you discover and refine your opinions through active discussion and debate of essential topics in American government and politics.
Edward I. Sidlow is Professor of Political Science at Eastern Michigan University. After receiving his Ph.D. from Ohio State University, he served on the faculty at Arizona State University, Miami University, and Northwestern University, and was Director of Academic Affairs at Loyola University Chicago. Professor Sidlow has won numerous teaching awards, including the Outstanding Teaching Award and the Mortar Board Senior Honorary Favorite Professor Award (Miami University) and the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Teaching, the Freshman Class Favorite Professor Award, and the invitation to deliver the "Last Lecture" (Northwestern University). At Eastern Michigan University, he served as Department Head in Political Science from 1995-2000. In 2009, he was named Honors Professor of the Year by the Honors College and was also recognized with the EMU Alumni Association's Award for Teaching Excellence. His articles have appeared in POLICY STUDIES REVIEW, JOURNAL OF LAW & POLITICS, THE JOURNAL OF GENERAL EDUCATION, WESTERN POLITICAL QUARTERLY, and COLLEGE TEACHING. His recent publications include two books that focus on congressional elections and congressional behavior.
Beth Henschen currently teaches at Eastern Michigan University and is a public policy consultant. After receiving her Ph.D. from Ohio State University, she served as a faculty member at Purdue University and at Loyola University Chicago, where she was frequently recognized for teaching excellence and was named Professor of the Year by the Honors Student Association. Her primary research focus has been judicial politics, and her articles have appeared in AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW, POLITICAL RESEARCH QUARTERLY, AMERICAN POLITICS QUARTERLY, JOURNAL OF LAW & POLITICS, POLICY STUDIES REVIEW, and LEGISLATIVE STUDIES QUARTERLY, as well as COLLEGE TEACHING, and THE JOURNAL OF GENERAL EDUCATION. She also has contributed chapters and articles to a number of edited volumes and has presented papers and delivered presentations at numerous professional conferences.
Part I: THE FOUNDATIONS OF OUR AMERICAN SYSTEM. 1. The Contours of American Democracy. 2. The Constitution. 3. Federalism. Part II: OUR LIBERTIES AND RIGHTS. 4. Civil Liberties. 5. Civil Rights. Part III: THE POLITICS OF DEMOCRACY. 6. Interest Groups. 7. Political Parties. 8. Public Opinion and Voting. 9. Campaigns and Elections. 10. Politics and the Media. Part IV: INSTITUTIONS. 11. Congress. 12. The Presidency. 13. The Bureaucracy. 14. The Judiciary. Part V: PUBLIC POLICY. 15. Domestic Policy. 16. Foreign Policy. Part VI: STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS. 17. State and Local Politics. Appendix A: The Declaration of Independence. Appendix B: The Constitution of the United States. Appendix C: Supreme Court Justices since 1900. Appendix D: Party Control of Congress since 1900. Appendix E: Information on U.S. Presidents. Appendix F: Federalist Papers No. 10 and No. 51. Appendix G: How to Read Case Citations and Find Court Decisions. Notes. Glossary. Index. Photo Credits.