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Overview

This brief,comprehensive book provides a lively,narrative introduction to American government and politics. The straightforward,no-nonsense presentation (and design) delves deeper into the basics than most brief books,and each of the 17 chapters (including 3 policy chapters) concludes with a reading selection. This popular text is complete enough to "cover the course," with a price to please.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072406122
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3

Table of Contents

Chapter One: The American Heritage
Political Culture: The Core Principles of American Government
Politics: The Process of Deciding Upon Society’s Goals
The Concept of a Political System and the Book’s Organization
Chapter Two: Constitutional Democracy
Before the Constitution: The Colonial and Revolutionary Experiences
The Rights of Englishmen
The Declaration of Independence
The Articles of Confederation
Shay’s Rebellion: A Nation Dissolving
Negotiating Toward a Constitution
Providing for a Limited Government
Providing for Self-Government
Checks and Balances in Practice
Constitutional Democracy Today
Chapter Three: Federalism
Federalism: National and State Sovereignty
Federalism in Historical Perspective
Federalism Today
Chapter Four: Civil Liberties
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Religion
The Right of Privacy
Rights of Persons Accused of Crimes
The Courts and a Free Society
Chapter Five: Equal Rights
The Struggle for Equality
Equality under the Law
Equality of Result
(and more...)
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