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American Political Rhetoric is the only reader designed for introductory classes in American politics and government that is both focused on fundamental political principles and includes nothing but classic examples of our nation's political rhetoric. There are selections from The Federalist, Washington, Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Abigail Adams, the Seneca Falls Declaration, Franklin Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, and many others. In addition, there are generous excerpts from leading Supreme Court opinions on race, gender, school prayer, abortion, the separation of powers, federalism, and other key political issues. In American Political Rhetoric, Peter Lawler and Robert Schaefer contend that the study of politics is, first and foremost, for citizens, who learn best from considering the arguments put forward by our statesmen. The student enters into the controversy that animates political life, learning to form thoughtful opinions about basic political questions. Those opinions, in turn, form the foundation of the citizen's political activity in a democracy. The fourth edition of this book is completely reorganized, with material both contemporary and classic added to each chapter. The most noteworthy innovations include a separate chapter on gender and the latest Supreme Court opinions on school prayer and abortion.
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A reader for an introductory class in American politics and government, focusing on fundamental political principles and offering only classic examples of American political rhetoric. There are selections from , Frederick Douglass, Abigail Adams, and Bill Clinton, and generous excerpts from leading Supreme Court opinions on race, gender, school prayer, abortion, federalism, and other key political issues. Lacks a subject index. Lawler teaches political science at Berry College. Schaefer teaches political science at the University of Mobile. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742511736
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Augustine Lawler is professor of political science at Berry College in Georgia. Robert Martin Schaefer is assistant professor of political science at the University of Mobile in Alabama.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Founding Principles Chapter 3 The Declaration of Independence (1776) Chapter 4 Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (1835) Chapter 5 The Northwest Ordinance (1787) Chapter 6 Federalist 9 Chapter 7 Federalist 10 Chapter 8 Federalist 47 Chapter 9 Federalist 48 Chapter 10 Federalist 49 Chapter 11 Federalist 51 Chapter 12 Centinel, Letter I (1787) Chapter 13 James Madison, On Property (1792) Chapter 14 George Washington, Farewell Address (1796) Chapter 15 Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Adams (1813) Part 16 Federalism Chapter 17 Federalist 39 Chapter 18 Thomas Jefferson, es on the State of Virginia784) Chapter 19 Mulloch v. Maryland (1819) Chapter 20 Hammer v. Dagenhart (1918) Chapter 21 United States v. Darby (1941) Chapter 22 Ronald Reagan, State of the Union Address (1982) Chapter 23 Garcia v. San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Authority (1985) Chapter 24 U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton (1995) Chapter 25 United States v. Lopez (1995) Part 26 President and Congress Chapter 27 Federalist 57 Chapter 28 Federalist 63 Chapter 29 Federalist 70 Chapter 30 Federalist 71 Chapter 31 Federalist 73 Chapter 32 Abraham Lincoln, Message to Congress in Special Session (1861) Chapter 33 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Message to Congress (1942) Chapter 34 The War Powers Resolution (1973) Chapter 35 United States v. Nixon (1974) Chapter 36 Gerald R. Ford, The Nixon Pardon (1974) Chapter 37 George H. Bush, Message to the House of Representatives Returning without Approval the Foreign Relations Authorization Act (1989) Part 38 Judiciary Chapter 39 Brutus, Essay XI (1788) Chapter 40 Federalist 78 Chapter 41 Marbury v. Madison (1803) Chapter 42 Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address (1861) Chapter 43 William J. Brennan Jr., Speech to the Text and Teaching Symposium, Georgetown University (1985) Chapter 44 Robert H. Bork, Interpreting the Constitution (1987) Chapter 45 Roe v. Wade (1973) Chapter 46 Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) Chapter 47 Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Speaking in a Judicial Voice (1992) Chapter 48 Stenberg v. Carhart (2000) Chapter 49 Lee v. Weisman (1992) Chapter 50 Santa Fe Independent School District v. Jane Doe (2000) Part 51 Constitutional Preservation and Political Change Chapter 52 Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Nehemiah Dodge and Others (1802) Chapter 53 Abraham Lincoln, The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions (1838) Chapter 54 Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (1840) Chapter 55 Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address (1863) Chapter 56 Woodrow Wilson, Constitutional Government in theUnited States (1908) Chapter 57 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Commonwealth Club Campaign Speech (1932) Chapter 58 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Address to the Young Democratic Clubs of America (1935) Chapter 59 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fireside Chat on Party Primaries (1938) Chapter 60 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Message on the State of the Union (1944) Chapter 61 The Port Huron Statement (1962) Chapter 62 Lyndon B. Johnson, State of the Union Address (1964) Chapter 63 Lyndon B. Johnson, Commencement Address at the University of Michigan (1964) Chapter 64 Ronald Reagan, State of the Union Address (1982) Chapter 65 Mario M. Cuomo, Speech Delivered at the Harvard Class Day (1985) Chapter 66 Václav Havel, Address to a Joint Session of Congress (1990) Chapter 67 Dan Quayle, Restoring Basic Values, Strengthening the Family (1992) Chapter 68 Barbara Jordan, Change: From What to What? (1992) Chapter 69 Bill Clinton, Remarks to the Convocation of the Church of God in Memphis (1993) Chapter 70 Bill Clinton, Remarks at the Welfare Reform Bill Signing (1996) Chapter 71 Bill Clinton, Remarks on the Human Genome Project (2000) Part 72 Civil Rights: Race Chapter 73 Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) Chapter 74 Sections of the Constitution Concerning Slavery Chapter 75 Thomas Jefferson, Draft of the Declaration of Independence (1776) Chapter 76 Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (1784) Chapter 77 Abraham Lincoln, Speech on Repeal of the Missouri Compromise (1854) Chapter 78 Frederick Douglass, Address for the Promotion of Colored Enlistment (1864) Chapter 79 Alexander Stephens, "Corner Stone" Speech (1861) Chapter 80 Frederick Douglass, Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln (1876) Chapter 81 Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) Chapter 82 Brown v. Board of Education (1954) Chapter 83 Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963) Chapter 84 Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream (1963) Chapter 85 Lyndon B. Johnson, Address on Voting Rights (1965) Chapter 86 South Carolina v. Katzenbach (1966) Chapter 87 Fullilove v. Klutznick (1980) Chapter 88 City of Richmond v. Croson (1989) Chapter 89 Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Pena (1995) Part 90 Civil Rights: Gender Chapter 91 Abigail Adams, Letter to John Adams (1776) Chapter 92 John Adams, Letter to Abigail Adams (1776) Chapter 93 The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions (1848) Chapter 94 Frederick Douglass, Woman's Suffrage Movement (1870) Chapter 95 Jane Addams, Why Women Should Vote (1910) Chapter 96 Rostker v. Goldberg (1981) Chapter 97 Jeane Kirkpatrick, Address to the Women's Forum (1984) Chapter 98 Romer v. Evans (1996) Part 99 Foreign Policy Chapter 100 Federalist 23 Chapter 101 Alexander Hamilton, Pacificus, Letter No. 1 (1793) Chapter 102 James Madison, Helvidius, Letter No. 1 (1793) Chapter 103 George Washington, Farewell Address (1796) Chapter 104 Franklin D. Roosevelt, "Four Freedoms" Speech (1941) Chapter 105 George F. Kennan, The Sources of Soviet Conduct (1947) Chapter 106 Harry S Truman, Special Message to Congress on Greece and Turkey: The Truman Doctrine (1947) Chapter 107 Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Address (1961) Chapter 108 John F. Kennedy, "Ich bin ein Berliner" (1963) Chapter 109 Jimmy Carter, Address at the University of Notre Dame (1977) Chapter 110 Jeane Kirkpatrick, Address Before the American Enterprise Institute (1981) Chapter 111 Ronald Reagan, Address to the British Parliament (1982) Chapter 112 Malcolm Wallop, Defense Policy after the Cold War (1992) Chapter 113 Richard M. Nixon, Beyond Peace (1994) Chapter 114 Bill Clinton, "Why We're Involved in Kosovo" (1999)
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    Posted July 20, 2005

    American Political Rhetoric

    This college textbook is incredibly interesting and very compelling. This is an excellant book. If you are an aspiring law student this book is an absolute must read. You will study each and every case in law school. In order to understand how and why the Supreme court works, one must understand how Supreme Court cases are decided. Dr. Schaefer gives an overview of the individual case(s), how the supreme court justices voted and the important dissents.

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