American Political Rhetoric: A Reader / Edition 3

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 93%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (13) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $155.00   
  • Used (12) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


Expanded to include the issues of gender, foreign policy, and the role of the judiciary, the new edition of this popular text provides introductory students with some of the best examples of American political rhetoric, from "The Declaration of Independence" to Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." In each chapter, different voices speak to a major theme in American political rhetoric. In addition to excerpts from pivotal Supreme Court cases, the text includes contributions from such diverse sources as The Federalist, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mario Cuomo, Robert Bork, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Vaclav Havel.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Daniel J. Mahoney
Lawler and Schaefer have assembled a judicious and comprehensive selection of speeches and writings which capture the ongoing drama of American political life. Their brief and clear introductions provide an accurate context for understanding each contribution. . . .This book shows us that political science must begin with the keenest attention to civic life . . . to what citizens and statesmen say about their own concerns.
Don Wagner
American Political Rhetoric is simply the best collection of readings for introductory American Government courses I have used in over twenty years of college and university teaching . . .These readings have never failed to spark thoughtful discussions among my students, discussion of those profound, emotional issues that lie at the center of our public life.
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 (
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847680474
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (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. They are the editors of The American Experiment: Essays on the Theory and Practice of Liberty (Rowman & Littlefield, 1994.)
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
1 Founding Principles 1
The Declaration of Independence (1776) 1
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, vol. 1 (1835) 4
The Northwest Ordinance (1787) 11
Federalist 9 12
Federalist 10 15
Federalist 47 21
Federalist 48 27
Federalist 49 31
Federalist 51 34
Centinel, Letter I (1787) 38
James Madison, On Property (1792) 41
George Washington, Farewell Address (1796) 43
Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Adams (1813) 44
2 Federalism 45
Federalist 39 45
Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (1784) 49
McCulloch v. Maryland (1819) 50
Hammer v. Dagenhart (1918) 55
United States v. Darby (1941) 59
Ronald W. Reagan, State of the Union Address (1982) 60
Garcia v. San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Authority (1985) 62
U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton (1995) 67
United States v. Lopez (1995) 72
3 President and Congress 79
Federalist 57 79
Federalist 63 84
Federalist 70 86
Federalist 71 87
Federalist 73 89
Abraham Lincoln, Message to Congress in Special Session (1861) 92
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Message to Congress (1942) 94
The War Powers Resolution (1973) 96
United States v. Nixon (1974) 98
Gerald R. Ford, The Nixon Pardon (1974) 102
George H. W. Bush, Message to the House of Representatives Returning without Approval the Foreign Relations Authorization Act (1989) 103
George W. Bush, September 11, 2001 (2001) 106
Rasul v. Bush (2004) 107
Richard B. Cheney, Remarks at the State Funeral for Ronald W. Reagan (2004) 115
4 Judiciary 119
Brutus, Essay XI (1788) 119
Federalist 78 120
Marbury v. Madison (1803) 126
Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address (1861) 132
William J. Brennan Jr., Speech to the Text and Teaching Symposium, Georgetown University (1985) 132
Robert H. Bork, Interpreting the Constitution (1987) 138
Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) 140
Roe v. Wade (1973) 142
Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey (1992) 147
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Speaking in a Judicial Voice (1992) 152
Stenberg v. Carhart (2000) 155
Lee v. Weisman (1992) 166
Santa Fe Independent School District v. Jane Doe (2000) 168
5 Constitutional Preservation and Political Change 175
Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Nehemiah Dodge and Others: A Committee of the Danbury Baptist Association, in the State of Connecticut (1802) 175
Abraham Lincoln, The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions: Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois (1838) 176
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, vol. 2: What Sort of Despotism Democratic Nations Have to Fear (1840) 183
Abraham Lincoln, Final Text of the Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg (1863) 186
Woodrow Wilson, Constitutional Government in the United States (1908) 186
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Commonwealth Club Campaign Speech (1932) 188
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Address to the Young Democratic Clubs of America (1935) 197
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fireside Chat on Party Primaries (1938) 199
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Message on the State of the Union (1944) 201
The Port Huron Statement (1962) 203
Lyndon B. Johnson, State of the Union Address (1964) 206
Lyndon B. Johnson, Commencement Address at the University of Michigan (1964) 208
Ronald W. Reagan, State of the Union Address (1982) 210
Mario M. Cuomo, Speech Delivered at the Harvard Class Day (1985) 214
Vaclav Havel, Address to a Joint Session of Congress (1990) 221
Dan Quayle, Restoring Basic Values, Strengthening the Family (1992) 225
Bill Clinton, Remarks at the Welfare Reform Bill Signing (1996) 228
Bill Clinton, Remarks on the Human Genome Project (2000) 233
George W. Bush, Remarks on Stem Cell Research (2001) 235
6 Civil Rights: Race 241
Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) 241
Sections of the U.S. Constitution Concerning Slavery 246
Thomas Jefferson, Draft of the Declaration of Independence (1776) 246
Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (1784) 247
David Walker, Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World (1829) 248
Abraham Lincoln, Speech on the Repeal of the Missouri Compromise (1854) 251
Frederick Douglass, Address for the Promotion of Colored Enlistment (1864) 256
Frederick Douglass, Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln (1876) 256
Alexander Stephens, The "Corner Stone" Speech (1861) 257
Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) 258
Brown v. Board of Education (1954) 259
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963) 263
Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream (1963) 277
Lyndon B. Johnson, Address on Voting Rights (1965) 280
South Carolina v. Katzenbach (1966) 286
Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978) 289
Fullilove v. Klutznick (1980) 292
Richmond v. J. A. Croson Co. (1989) 296
Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Pena (1995) 302
Grutter v. Bollinger (2003) 305
7 Civil Rights: Gender 315
Abigail Adams, Letter to John Adams (1776) 315
John Adams, Letter to Abigail Adams (1776) 316
The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions (1848) 316
Frederick Douglass, Woman's Suffrage Movement (1870) 320
Jane Addams, Why Women Should Vote (1910) 323
Rostker v. Goldberg (1981) 326
Jeane Kirkpatrick, Address to the Women's Forum (1984) 328
Barbara Jordan, Change: From What to What? (1992) 330
Romer v. Evans (1996) 333
Lawrence v. Texas (2003) 339
8 Foreign Policy 347
Federalist 23 347
Alexander Hamilton, Pacificus, Letter No. 1 (1793) 348
James Madison, Helvidius, Letter No. 1 (1793) 351
George Washington, Farewell Address (1796) 354
Franklin D. Roosevelt, "Four Freedoms" Speech (1941) 357
George F. Kennan, The Sources of Soviet Conduct (1947) 360
Harry S Truman, Special Message to Congress on Greece and Turkey: The Truman Doctrine (1947) 363
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Address (1961) 366
John F. Kennedy, "Ich bin ein Berliner" (1963) 369
Jimmy Carter, Address at the University of Notre Dame (1977) 370
Jeane Kirkpatrick, Address Before the American Enterprise Institute (1981) 375
Ronald W. Reagan, Address to the British Parliament (1982) 381
Malcolm Wallop, Defense Policy after the Cold War (1992) 388
Richard Nixon, Beyond Peace (1994) 392
George W. Bush, "Iraq Policy" Speech (2003) 394
Appendix The Constitution of the United States 405
About the Editors 427
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)