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American Political Rhetoric is the only reader for introductory classes in American politics and government and political communication designed to explore fundamental political principles through classic examples of political rhetoric from 1776 to today. Selections include the entire political spectrum containing documents from important court cases and events. Contributors range from the founders to elected public officials, from Supreme Court Justices to representatives of historic movements for social change. Organized thematically, American Political Rhetoric allows students to explore the institutions of government and current controversies in civil rights, race, gender, and America's role in the world as the issues have evolved over time.

Special Features:

Up-to-date inclusion of the Obama administration, including President Obama's speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize and his Memorandum on Presidential Signing Statements

New selections on presidential powers, including foreign policy and war

New chapter on the evolving nature of political parties and elections

Expanded chapters on race relations and gender

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Editorial Reviews

Robert E. Denton
Praise for previous editions:
Without question, the most comprehensive collection of political speeches and documents in one anthology.
Brian Janiskee
Praise for previous editions:
American Political Rhetoric takes one through the drama of American politics and clearly demonstrates that the art of politics is closely connected with the art of making an argument. And, as the readings demonstrate, there are rewards for making the right argument and profound consequences for making the wrong argument.
John Ray
Praise for previous editions:
American Political Rhetoric engages students in thoughtful reflection on the classic modernity and historical development of the American polity. Students appreciate reading the primary texts for themselves and many of them leave the course wanting to delve deeper into the writings of our greatest statesmen and jurists. The material in this book is essential preparation for upper level courses in American politics.
Robert E. Denton Jr.
Praise for previous editions:
Without question, the most comprehensive collection of political speeches and documents in one anthology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442202948
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/16/2010
  • Edition description: 6th Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 874,126
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Augustine Lawler is Dana Professor and chair of the Department of Government and International Studies at Berry College in Georgia. Robert Martin Schaefer is chair of the Department of Political Science & Planning and professor of political science at the University of West Georgia.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 Founding Principles 1

The Declaration of Independence (1776) 1

Democracy in America (1835) Alexis de Tocqueville 4

The Northwest Ordinance (1787) 10

Federalist 9 11

Federalist 10 14

Federalist 47 19

Federalist 48 25

Federalist 49 28

Federalist 51 32

Centinel, Letter I (1787) 35

On Property (1792) James Madison 38

Farewell Address (1796) George Washington 40

Letter to John Adams (1813) Thomas Jefferson 41

2 Federalism 43

Federalist 39 43

Notes on the State of Virginia (1784) Thomas Jefferson 47

McCulloch v. Maryland (1819) 48

Hammer v. Dagenhart (1918) 52

United States v. Darby (1941) 56

Garcia v. San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Authority (1985) 57

United States v. Lopez (1995) 61

3 President and Congress 67

Federalist 57 67

Federalist 63 71

Federalist 70 73

Federalist 71 74

Federalist 73 76

Message to Congress in Special Session (1861) Abraham Lincoln 79

Message to Congress (1942) Franklin D. Roosevelt 81

The War Powers Resolution (1973) 82

United States v. Nixon (1974) 84

The Nixon Pardon (1974) Gerald R. Ford 88

September 11, 2001 [2001] George W. Bush 89

Statement on the Intelligence Authorization Act (2004) George W. Bush 91

Memorandum on Presidential Signing Statements (2009) Barack Obama 92

4 Judiciary 95

Brutus Essay XI (1788) 95

Federalist 78 96

Marbury v. Madison (1803) 102

First Inaugural Address (1861) Abraham Lincoln 106

Court-Packing Address (1937) Franklin D. Roosevelt 107

Speech to the Text and Teaching Symposium, Georgetown University (1985) William J. Brennan 110

Connecticut Griswold v. (1965) 115

Roe v. Wade (1973) 117

Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey (1992) 121

Speaking in a Judicial Voice (1992) Ruth Bader Ginsburg 126

Gonzales v. Carhart (2007) 129

Lee v. Weisman (1992) 133

McCreary v. American Civil Liberties Union (2005) 135

District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) 138

5 Parties and Elections 143

Parties (1792) James Madison 143

The Danger Threatening Representative Government (1897) Robert M. La Follette 144

Constitutional Government in the United States (1908) Woodrow Wilson 147

Fireside Chat on Party Primaries (1938) Franklin D. Roosevelt 152

The McGovern-Fraser Commission Report (1971) 153

6 Constitutional Preservation and Political Change 157

Letter to Nehemiah Dodge and Others: A Committee of the Danbury Baptist Association, in the State of Connecticut (1802) Thomas Jefferson 157

The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions: Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois (1838) Abraham Lincoln 158

Democracy in America (1840) Alexis de Tocqueville 164

Final Text of the Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg (1863) Abraham Lincoln 167

Constitutional Government in the United States (1908) Woodrow Wilson 167

Commonwealth Club Campaign Speech (1932) Franklin D. Roosevelt 169

Address to the Young Democratic Clubs of America (1935) Franklin D. Roosevelt 177

State of the Union Address (1964) Lyndon B. Johnson 179

Commencement Address at the University of Michigan (1964) Lyndon B. Johnson 181

State of the Union Address (1982) Ronald Reagan 183

Remarks at the Welfare Reform Bill Signing (1996) Bill Clinton 187

Remarks on the Human Genome Project (2000) Bill Clinton 191

Remarks on Stem Cell Research (2001) George W. Bush 193

Remarks on the Stem Cell Executive Order and Scientific Integrity Presidential Memorandum (2009) Barack Obama 196

7 Civil Rights: Race 201

Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) 201

Sections of the U.S. Constitution Concerning Slavery 205

Draft of the Declaration of Independence (1776) Thomas Jefferson 206

Notes on the State of Virginia (1784) Thomas Jefferson 206

Speech on the Repeal of the Missouri Compromise (1854) Abraham Lincoln 208

Address for the Promotion of Colored Enlistment (1864) Frederick Douglass 212

Cornerstone Speech (1861) Alexander Stephens 213

Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln (1876) Frederick Douglass 213

Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) 214

Brown v. Board of Education (1954) 215

Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963) Martin Luther King Jr. 219

Address on Voting Rights (1965) Lyndon B. Johnson 228

Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978) 233

City of Richmond v. Croson (1989) 236

Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Pena (1995) 241

Bollinger Grutter v. (2003) 243

A More Perfect Union (2008) Barack Obama 251

Ricci v. DeStefano (2009) 259

8 Civil Rights: Gender 265

Letter to John Adams (1776) Abigail Adams 265

Letter to Abigail Adams (1776) John Adams 266

The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions (1848) 266

Woman's Suffrage Movement (1870) Frederick Douglass 270

Why Women Should Vote (1910) Jane Addams 272

Rostker v. Goldberg (1981) 274

Address to the Women's Forum (1984) Jeane Kirkpatrick 276

Change: From What to What? (1992) Barbara Jordan 279

Romer v. Evans (1996) 281

Lawrence v. Texas (2003) 287

9 Foreign Policy 293

Federalist 23 293

Pacificus, Letter No. 1 (1793) Alexander Hamilton 294

Helvidius, Letter No. 1 (1793) James Madison 297

Farewell Address (1796) George Washington 299

Four Freedoms Speech (1941) Franklin D. Roosevelt 302

Special Message to Congress on Greece and Turkey: The Truman Doctrine (1947) Harry S. Truman 304

Farewell Address (1961) Dwight D. Eisenhower 307

Address at the University of Notre Dame (1977) Jimmy Carter 309

Address to the British Parliament (1982) Ronald Reagan 313

Second Inaugural Address (2005) George W. Bush 319

Remarks by the President at the Acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize (2009) Barack Obama 322

Appendix: The Constitution of the United States of America 327

About the Editors 347

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