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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 fifth edition is updated throughout and includes new readings on the President and Congress, race, gender, and foreign policy.

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Editorial Reviews

Brian Janiskee
With all of the discussion of the role of moral principles in the 2004 presidential election, the collection offered by Lawler and Schaefer is a must-read for students, politicians, and anyone else who is interested in the past, present, and future of American politics. In the midst of the heated talk about the divide between 'red states' and 'blue states' a forthright evaluation of the nature of American political argumentation is of the utmost importance. Lawler and Schaefer have shown great care in putting together selections that offer a wide variety of viewpoints, without lapsing into a banal moral relativism that is characteristic of so many other editions of this type. 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
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
Without question, the most comprehensive collection of political speeches and documents in one anthology
Robert E. Denton Jr.
Without question, the most comprehensive collection of political speeches and documents in one anthology
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: 9780742542037
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 1,360,565
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.89 (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 professor of political science and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Mobile in Alabama.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 Founding Principles Chapter 4 The Declaration of Independence (1776) Chapter 5 Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, vol. 1 (1835) Chapter 6 The Northwest Ordinance (1787) Chapter 7 Federalist 9 Chapter 8 Federalist 10 Chapter 9 Federalist 47 Chapter 10 Federalist 48 Chapter 11 Federalist 49 Chapter 12 Federalist 51 Chapter 13 Centinel, Letter I (1787) Chapter 14 James Madison, On Property (1792) Chapter 15 Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Adams (1813) Part 16 Federalism Chapter 17 Federalist 39 Chapter 18 McCulloch v. Maryland (1819) Chapter 19 Hammer v. Dagenhart (1918) Chapter 20 United States v. Darby (1941) Chapter 21 Garcia v. San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Authority (1985) Chapter 22 U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton (1995) Chapter 23 United States v. Lopez (1995) Part 24 President and Congress Chapter 25 Federalist 57 Chapter 26 Federalist 63 Chapter 27 Federalist 70 Chapter 28 Federalist 71 Chapter 29 Federalist 73 Chapter 30 Abraham Lincoln, Message to Congress in Special Session (1861) Chapter 31 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Message to Congress (1942) Chapter 32 The War Powers Resolution (1973) Chapter 33 United States v. Nixon (1974) Chapter 34 Gerald Ford, The Nixon Pardon (1974) Chapter 36 George W. Bush, September 11, 2001 (2001) Chapter 37 Rasul v. Bush (2004) Chapter 38 George H. W. Bush, Message to the House of Representatives Returning without Approval the Foreign Relations Authorization Act (1989) Chapter 38 Richard B. Cheney, Remarks at the State Funeral for Ronald W. Reagan (2004) Part 39 Judiciary Chapter 40 Brutus, Essay XI (1788) Chapter 41 Federalist 78 Chapter 42 Marbury v. Madison (1803) Chapter 43 Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address (1861) Chapter 45 Robert H. Bork, Interpreting the Constitution (1987) Chapter 46 Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) Chapter 47 William J. Brennan Jr., Speech to the Text and Teaching Symposium, Georgetown University (1985) Chapter 47 Roe v. Wade (1973) Chapter 48 Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey (1992) Chapter 49 Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Speaking in a Judicial Voice (1992) Chapter 50 Stenberg v. Carhart (2000) Chapter 51 Lee v. Weisman (1992) Chapter 52 Santa Fe Independent School District v. Jane Doe (2000) Part 53 Constitutional Preservation and Political Change Chapter 57 Thomas Jefferson, Letter To Nehemiah Dodge and Others: A Committee of the Danbury Baptist Association, in the State of Connecticut (1802) Chapter 58 Abraham Lincoln, The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions: Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois (1838) Chapter 58 Woodrow Wilson, Constitutional Government in the United States (1908) Chapter 59 Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, vol. 2: What Sort of Despotism Democratic Nations Have to Fear (1840) Chapter 59 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Commonwealth Club Campaign Speech (1932) Chapter 60 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Address to the Young Democratic Clubs of America (1935) Chapter 60 Abraham Lincoln, Final Text of the Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg (1863) Chapter 61 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fireside Chat on Party Primaries (1938) Chapter 62 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Message on the State of the Union (1944) Chapter 63 The Port Huron Statement (1962) Chapter 64 Lyndon B. Johnson, State of the Union Address (1964) Chapter 65 Lyndon B. Johnson, Commencement Address at the University of Michigan (1964) Chapter 67 Ronald W. Reagan, State of the Union Address (1982) Chapter 68 Mario M. Cuomo, Speech Delivered at the Harvard Class Day (1985) Chapter 69 Ronald W. Reagan, State of the Union Address (1982) Chapter 69 Václav Havel, Address to a Joint Session of Congress (1990) Chapter 70 Dan Quayle, Restoring Basic Values, Strengthening the Family (1992) Chapter 71 Bill Clinton, Remarks at the Welfare Reform Bill Signing (1996) Chapter 72 Bill Clinton, Remarks on the Human Genome Project (2000) Chapter 73 George W. Bush, Remarks on Stem Cell Research (2001) Part 74 Civil Rights: Race Chapter 75 Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) Chapter 76 Sections of the U.S. Constitution Concerning Slavery Chapter 77 Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (1784) Chapter 78 Thomas Jefferson, Draft of the Declaration of Independence (1776) Chapter 79 David Walker, Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World (1829) Chapter 80 Abraham Lincoln, Speech on the Repeal of the Missouri Compromise (1854) Chapter 81 Frederick Douglass, Address for the Promotion of Colored Enlistment (1864) Chapter 82 Frederick Douglass, Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln (1876) Chapter 83 Alexander Stephens, The "Corner Stone" Speech (1861) Chapter 84 Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) Chapter 85 Brown v. Board of Education (1954) Chapter 86 Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963) Chapter 87 Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream (1963) Chapter 88 Lyndon B. Johnson, Address on Voting Rights (1965) Chapter 89 South Carolina v. Katzenbach (1966) Chapter 90 Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978) Chapter 91 Fullilove v. Klutznick (1980) Chapter 92 Richmond v. J. A. Croson (1989) Chapter 93 Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Pena (1995) Chapter 94 Grutter v. Bollinger (2003) Part 95 Civil Rights: Gender Chapter 96 Abigail Adams, Letter to John Adams (1776) Chapter 97 John Adams, Letter to Abigail Adams (1776) Chapter 98 The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions (1848) Chapter 99 Frederick Douglass, Woman's Suffrage Movement (1870) Chapter 100 Jane Addams, Why Women Should Vote (1910) Chapter 101 Rostker v. Goldberg (1981) Chapter 102 Jeane Kirkpatrick, Address to the Women's Forum (1984) Chapter 103 Barbara Jordan, Change: From What to What? (1992) Chapter 104 Romer v. Evans (1996) Chapter 105 Lawrence v. Texas (2003) Part 106 Foreign Policy Chapter 107 Federalist 23 Chapter 108 Alexander Hamilton, Pacificus, Letter No. 1 (1793) Chapter 109 George Washington, Farewell Address (1796) Chapter 111 James Madison, Helvidius, Letter No. 1 (1793)George Washington, Farewell Address (1796) Chapter 111 Franklin D. Roosevelt, "Four Freedoms" Speech (1941) Chapter 113 George F. Kennan, The Sources of Soviet Conduct (1947) Chapter 114 Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Address (1961) Chapter 114 Harry S Truman, Special Message to Congress on Greece and Turkey: The Truman Doctrine (1947) Chapter 115 John F. Kennedy, "Ich bin ein Berliner" (1963) Chapter 116 Jimmy Carter, Address at the University of Notre Dame (1977) Chapter 117 Jeane Kirkpatrick, Address Before the American Enterprise Institute (1981) Chapter 118 Ronald W. Reagan, Address to the British Parliament (1982) Chapter 119 Malcolm Wallop, Defense Policy after the Cold War (1992) Chapter 120 Richard Nixon, Beyond Peace (1994) Chapter 121 George W. Bush, "Iraq Policy" Speech (2003) Chapter 122 Appendix: The Constitution of the United States of America Chapter 123 About the Editors

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