History of American Political Thought / Edition 1

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Overview

History of American Political Thought is a unique one-volume companion to the study of American political thought that provides concise introductions to the most important and influential thinkers in American history, of all political persuasions from all time periods. The editors have assembled many of the nation's best scholars in political thought to present portraits of the American statesmen, activists, and writers who have had a truly significant and lasting influence on American political life. In short and accessible essays on such statesmen as George Washington and Franklin Roosevelt, writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Mark Twain, and activists such as W.E.B. DuBois and Betty Friedan, the authors describe each figure's historical context and achievements, present a thorough analysis of their most notable writings and speeches, and highlight the significance of their work to our political heritage. History of American Political Thought not only provides a valuable resource for reference and research for students and scholars alike; it also displays the very tapestry of a growing country, woven through with the innovations in thought that have shaped and challenged—and continue to challenge—America's understanding of itself.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
Frost and Sikkenga have done a great service for students and teachers of American political thought in editing this massive volume. Highly recommended.
Hisory of Political Thought
This collection of forty-five separately authored essays of fifty-five American political thinkers is at once diverse and unified. While this collection establishes a consensual Lockean philosophical founding, this founding, despite its internal tensions, is a philosophically articulate and coherent set of principles that underwrite the American regime of liberty.
Hisory Of Political Thought
This collection of forty-five separately authored essays of fifty-five American political thinkers is at once diverse and unified. While this collection establishes a consensual Lockean philosophical founding, this founding, despite its internal tensions, is a philosophically articulate and coherent set of principles that underwrite the American regime of liberty.
CHOICE
Frost and Sikkenga have done a great service for students and teachers of American political thought in editing this massive volume. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739106242
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Series: Applications of Political Theory Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 848
  • Sales rank: 450,684
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Bryan-Paul Frost is the James A. and Kaye L. Crocker Endowed Professor in Political Science as well as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Louisiana. Jeffrey Sikkenga is Assistant Professor of Politcal Science at Ashland University. He is also an adjunct fellow at the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America 1
Pt. 1 From Colony to Nation (1608-1776)
1 John Winthrop, John Cotton, and Nathaniel Niles: The Basic Principles of Puritan Political Thought 25
2 Thomas Hutchinson and James Otis on Sovereignty, Obedience, and Rebellion 44
3 Thomas Paine: The American Radical 63
4 Benjamin Franklin: A Model American and an American Model 80
Pt. 2 The New Republic (1776-1820)
5 Liberty, Constitutionalism, and Moderation: The Political Thought of George Washington 95
6 John Adams and the Republic of Laws 114
7 Legitimate Government, Religion, and Education: The Political Philosophy of Thomas Jefferson 132
8 The Political Science of James Madison 149
9 Alexander Hamilton on the Strategy of American Free Government 167
10 America's Modernity: James Wilson on Natural Law and Natural Rights 192
11 Anti-Federalist Political Thought: Brutus and The Federal Farmer 216
12 The New Constitutionalism of Publius 230
13 Union, Constitutionalism, and the Judicial Defense of Rights: John Marshall 248
Pt. 3 A Divided Nation (1820-1865)
14 John Quincy Adams on Principle and Practice 271
15 Union and Liberty: The Political Thought of Daniel Webster 287
16 Henry Clay and the Statesmanship of Compromise 302
17 John C. Calhoun and the Reexamination of American Democracy 316
18 The Art of the Judge: Justice Joseph Story and the Founders' Constitution 325
19 James Fenimore Cooper: Nature and Nature's God 342
20 Religion, Nature, and Disobedience in the Thought of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau 355
21 "Proclaim Liberty throughout the Land": Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and the Abolition of Slavery 376
22 Abraham Lincoln: The Moderation of a Democratic Statesman 395
Pt. 4 Growth of an Empire (1865-1945)
23 Feminism as an American Project: The Political Thought of Elizabeth Cady Stanton 419
24 Mark Twain on the American Character 430
25 Pricking the Bubble of Utopian Sentiment: The Political Thought of William Graham Sumner 451
26 Booker T. Washington and the "Severe American Crucible" 464
27 Co-workers in the Kingdom of Culture: W. E. B. Du Bois's Vision of Race Synthesis 479
28 Henry Adams and Our Ancient Faith 491
29 Jane Addams as Civic Theorist: Struggling to Reconcile Competing Claims 504
30 Herbert Croly's Progressive "Liberalism" 521
31 Theodore Roosevelt and the Stewardship of the American Presidency 536
32 Woodrow Wilson, the Organic State, and American Republicanism 549
33 The Making of the Modern Supreme Court: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., and Louis D. Brandeis 569
34 John Dewey's Alternative Liberalism 585
35 Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Second Bill of Rights 598
Pt. 5 New Challenges at Home and Abroad (1945-present)
36 Ayn Rand: Radical for Capitalism 617
37 Walker Percy's American Thomism 633
38 Russell Kirk's Anglo-American Conservatism 646
39 The Two Revolutions of Martin Luther King, Jr. 666
40 Malcolm X: From Apolitical Acolyte to Political Preacher 687
41 Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem: The Popular Transformation of American Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century 697
42 John Rawls's "Democratic" Theory of Justice 713
43 Henry Kissinger: The Challenge of Statesmanship in Liberal Democracy 733
44 Irving Kristol and the Reinvigoration of Bourgeois Republicanism 754
45 The Jurisprudence of William Joseph Brennan, Jr., and Thurgood Marshall 772
46 The Textualist Jurisprudence of Antonin Scalia 787
Index 805
About the Editors and Contributors 825
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