The American Experiment : Essays on the Theory and Practice of Liberty

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Dissatisfied with existing textbooks, the editors of The American Experiment have assembled 29 lectures from outstanding teachers of American politics to offer a comprehensive overview of American government, from the founding to the role of public opinion and mass media in contemporary American society. Written at a level accessible to beginning students, The American Experiment can be used in place of a main or supplemental text in introductory courses as well as a layperson's guide to American government.
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David A. Freeman
The essays are presented in a clear and intelligent manner. The writing style and language are reader friendly. Finally, the contents of the book are accommodating to both undergraduate and graduate level instruction. I highly recommend ^RThe American Experiment^I.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847679034
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Pages: 420
  • 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 and author of The Restless Mind: Alexis de Tocqueville on the Origin and Perpetuation of Human Liberty (Rowman & Littlefield, 1993). Robert Martin Schaefer is assistant professor of political science at Mobile College. Together they have edited American Political Rhetoric, 3rd Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 1995).
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Founding Principles
1 What Is Politics? 11
2 The American Revolution 27
3 Federalism 57
4 The Federalist 77
5 The Federalist versus the Procedural Republic 93
6 The Constitutional Thought of the Anti-Federalists 107
7 Religion and the Founders' Intentions 119
8 The Framers on the Limits of Limits: The Bill of Rights and the Constitution 135
9 Two Challenges to Democratic Responsibility 145
Pt. 2 Institutions
10 Congress: Representation and Deliberation 171
11 The Presidency and the Constitution 189
12 War Power and the Constitution: Chaining the Dog of War 209
13 Presidential Elections and Voting 221
14 The Least Dangerous Branch? 241
15 The Anti-Federalist View of Judicial Review 259
16 The Two Executives: The President and the Supreme Court 277
17 The "Fourth" Branch of Government 295
18 Understanding America's Two-Party System 311
19 The Future of American Foreign Policy 327
Pt. 3 Issues
20 Interest Group Liberalism versus the Virtuous Statesman 345
21 Public Opinion and American Democracy 359
22 The Mass Media and American Democracy 375
23 Public Policy 389
24 The End of the Family? 401
25 Women, Equal Rights, and the American Regime 415
26 Abraham Lincoln and Democratic Statesmanship 435
27 Frederick Douglass's Constitution 459
28 The Dilemma of Race in America 479
29 The Dissident Criticism of America 503
Index 519
About the Contributors 529
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