American Conservatism: Thinking It, Teaching It

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Overview

This book offers a rare opportunity to read about how a scholar's teaching informs his research, in this case an examination of the nature of American conservatism. It is based on an interdisciplinary senior seminar Paul Lyons taught in Spring 2006. His teaching log, including student comments from an electronic conferencing system, gives a vivid sense of the daily frustrations and triumphs. Lyons reflects on some of the most difficult issues in higher education today, such as how to handle racism and political passions in the classroom, as well as how a teacher presents his own political convictions.
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A rich and inspiring account of his experience teaching a senior seminar on American conservatism
Political Science Quarterly

A set of unusual supple and highly-personal reflections on the best ways to analyze conservative movements in the United States.
—David Watt, Temple University

With this volume, Lyons has greatly deepened our understanding of American conservatism.
—Louis A. Ferleger, Professor of History, Boston University

A model of liberal learning, and the crucial role of the study of conservatism within it.
—Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826516268
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
  • Publication date: 4/13/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,136,841
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Lyons taught U.S. history and social policy at Stockton College. He was the author of five books, most recently The People of This Generation: The Rise and Fall of the New Left in Philadelphia.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: What Is American Conservatism? 1

Part I Teaching Conservatism

1 Teaching Log: Starting Out 19

2 Teaching Log: The Stretch Drive 64

Course Syllabus 108

American Conservatism Defined 116

Part II Thinking Conservatism

3 From Camelot to Cowboy 121

4 Cities on a Hill 132

5 Is There an American Conservatism? 147

Postscript

As We Approach the Future 173

Notes 179

Bibliography 187

Index 197

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