Contesting Democracy: Substance and Structure in American Political History, 1775-2000 / Edition 1

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"A major publishing event in American political history. The flowering of the 'new' political history in the 1970s was followed by a generation of scholarship stressing grassroots non-electoral social movements, masculinized politics and gendered social policies, 'whiteness' studies, the mediating role of civil society, and comparative state-building. Here a parade of leading scholars examines how this research has reshaped our understanding of two centuries of American self-government."—Hugh Davis Graham, author of Civil Rights and the Presidency

"A lively collection of essays that synthesizes what we know about American politics and public policy. Even while disagreeing with each other, the authors develop new ideas about American politics and point to what we don't yet know. A terrific volume."—Paula Baker, author of Moral Frameworks of Public Life

Author Biography: Byron E. Shafer is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of American Government at Oxford University. His many books include Quiet Revolution: The Struggle for the Democratic Party and the Shaping of Post-Reform Politics and The Two Majorities: The Issue Context of Modern American Politics.

Anthony J. Badger is Paul Mellon Professor of American History at Cambridge University. He is the author of The New Deal: The Depression Years, 1933-1940 and coeditor, with Eric Foner, of F.D.R.: The First Hundred Days.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700611393
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents



1. State Development in the Early Republic: 1775-1840
Ronald P. Formisano, University of Kentucky

2. The Nationalization and Racialization of American Politics: 1790-1850
David Waldstreicher, University of Notre Dame

3. "To One or Another of These Parties Every Man Belongs": 1820-1865
Joel H. Silbey, Cornell University

4. Change and Continuity in the Party Period: 1835-1885
Michael F. Holt, University of Virginia

5. The Transformation of American Politics: 1865-1910
Peter H. Argersinger, Southern Illinois University

6. Democracy, Republicanism, and Efficiency: 1885-1930
Richard Jensen, University of Illinois at Chicago

7. The Limits of Federal Power and Social Policy: 1910-1955
Anthony J. Badger, Cambridge University

8. The Rise of Rights and Rights Consciousness: 1930-1980
James T. Patterson, Brown University

9. Economic Growth, Issue Evolution, and Divided Government: 1955-2000
Byron E. Shafer, Oxford University



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