The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History

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In a series of fascinating essays that explore topics in American politics from the nation's founding to the present day , The Democratic Experiment opens up exciting new avenues for historical research while offering bold claims about the tensions that have animated American public life. Revealing the fierce struggles that have taken place over the role of the federal government and the character of representative democracy, the authors trace the contested and dynamic evolution of the national polity.

The contributors, who represent the leading new voices in the revitalized field of American political history, offer original interpretations of the nation's political past by blending methodological insights from the new institutionalism in the social sciences and studies of political culture. They tackle topics as wide-ranging as the role of personal character of political elites in the Early Republic, to the importance of courts in building a modern regulatory state, to the centrality of local political institutions in the late twentieth century. Placing these essays side by side encourages the asking of new questions about the forces that have shaped American politics over time. An unparalleled example of the new political history in action, this book will be vastly influential in the field.

In addition to the editors, the contributors are Brian Balogh, Sven Beckert, Rebecca Edwards, Joanne B. Freeman, Richard R. John, Ira Katznelson, James T. Kloppenberg, Matthew D. Lassiter, Thomas J. Sugrue, Michael Vorenberg, and Michael Willrich.

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Journal of American History - Ronald P. Formisano
The present expansiveness and flexibility of political history are well represented in this collection of essays. The [book] should be quite useful in graduate seminars both general and topical.
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"The present expansiveness and flexibility of political history are well represented in this collection of essays. The [book] should be quite useful in graduate seminars both general and topical."--Ronald P. Formisano, Journal of American History
Journal of American History
The present expansiveness and flexibility of political history are well represented in this collection of essays. The [book] should be quite useful in graduate seminars both general and topical.
— Ronald P. Formisano
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691113760
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 9/22/2003
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History 1
Ch. 2 Explaining the Unexplainable: The Cultural Context of the Sedition Act 20
Ch. 3 Affairs of Office: The Executive Departments, the Election of 1828, and the Making of the Democratic Party 50
Ch. 4 The Legal Transformation of Citizenship in Nineteenth-Century America 85
Ch. 5 Bringing the Constitution Back In: Amendment, Innovation, and Popular Democracy during the Civil War Era 120
Ch. 6 Democracy in the Age of Capital: Contesting Suffrage Rights in Gilded Age New York 146
Ch. 7 Domesticity versus Manhood Rights: Republicans, Democrats, and "Family Values" Politics, 1856-1896 175
Ch. 8 The Case for Courts: Law and Political Development in the Progressive Era 198
Ch. 9 "Mirrors of Desires": Interest Groups, Elections, and the Targeted Style in Twentieth-Century America 222
Ch. 10 Pocketbook Politics: Democracy and the Market in Twentieth-Century America 250
Ch. 11 The Uneasy Relationship: Democracy, Taxation, and State Building since the New Deal 276
Ch. 12 All Politics Is Local: the Persistence of Localism in Twentieth-Century America 301
Ch. 13 Suburban Strategies: The Volatile Center in Postwar American Politics 327
Ch. 14 From Hartz to Tocqueville: Shifting the Focus from Liberalism to Democracy in America 350
Ch. 15 The Possibilities of Analytical Political History 381
Index 401
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