Real People. Real Stories. Real Politics.
Politics involves people, from many backgrounds, struggling to make their voices heard. Real people, telling their stories, reflect our ideals, choices, and collective experiences as a nation. In American Government: Stories of a Nation, author Scott Abernathy tunes in to these voices, showing how our diverse ideas shape the way we participate and behave, the laws we live by, and the challenges we face. Each chapter features real stories illustrating how the American political system is the product of strategies, calculations, and miscalculations of countless individuals.
Students learn the nuts and bolts of political science through these compelling stories. Learning concepts in context is a tested learning technique that works to help ideas stick. The key concepts are memorable because they are tied to real politics, where students see political action and political choices shaping how institutions advance or impede the fulfillment of fundamental ideas. Not only will all students see themselves reflected in the pages, but they will come to understand that they, too, are strategic players in American politics, with voices that matter.
Just like the Full version, The Essentials edition is perfect for instructors who don’t wish to cover the last three chapters on policy.
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About the Author
Scott Abernathy was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. While an undergraduate at Dartmouth College, he volunteered for three months with Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India.After graduation, hoping to do service work closer to home, Scott worked as an on-street counselor with homeless adolescents in Boston, MA, with The Bridge, a non-profit multi-service youth agency.Scott then received a Master of Curriculum and Instruction and taught fourth and seventh grades in Wisconsin public schools. Hoping to learn more about the underlying systems that drove the educational outcomes he was trying to change, Scott completed an M.P.A in domestic policy and then a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University.Scott is now an associate professor of Political Science and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota. He is also the author of School Choice and the Future of American Democracy and No Child Left Behind and the Public Schools, both from University of Michigan Press. While Scott says that being a “streetworker” was the most transforming job he has ever had, this textbook, and the chance to teach studentsnot in a subway stop, a squat, or a classroom, but through writingis pretty cool as well.
Table of Contents
PrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorPART I: FOUNDATIONS1. American Political Stories: Claiming Rights, Demanding to Be Heard American Students Claim Their Rights People Matter! But So Do Ideas Drafting the Declaration of Independence: Affirming and Demanding Fundamental Rights The American Revolution: Ideals and Strategic Politics The American Radicals: From Ideas to Strategic Action to Political Institutions Institutions Matter, Too Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail Conclusion: The American Experiment, Continued, and You Are Part of It Chapter Review2. The Constitution of the United States: Practical Politics and a New Vision of Representative Government James Madison’s Research Project: “The Fathers Were Practical Men” American Government Before the Constitution: The Articles of Confederation, Problems of National Authority, and Differences between the States The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia: “Experience Must Be Our Only Guide” Details of the New Government Ratification: Federalists versus Antifederalists Conclusion: What Is the Constitution? Chapter Review3. Federalism: The Changing Boundaries between the Nation and the States Between State and Federal Law: Fighting for Access to Medical Marijuana American Federalism and the Constitution The Supreme Court Weighs In: Medical Marijuana and American Federalism The Development of American Federalism The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Nation on the Brink of Failure and Revolution in American Federalism New Deal Expansion Modern American Federalism: Expansion, Restriction, and State Resistance Conclusion: American Federalism Challenged, in Progress, and Undecided Chapter Review4. Civil Liberties: Building and Defending Fences “From Russia with Love”: Edward Snowden: Traitor, Hero, or None of the Above The Constitution and the Bill of Rights: The Foundations for the Protections for Americans’ Civil Liberties Another Outlaw: Another Charge against the Government’s Infringements upon Civil Liberties Selective Incorporation: Applying the Bill of Rights to State Laws and Actions The First Amendment: “Congress Shall Make No Law” Other First Amendment Protections: Speech, Press, Assembly, and Petition The Second Amendment: Firearms Criminal Rights The Last Two Amendments in the Bill of Rights: Setting the Larger Boundaries around the Power of the Federal Government Americans Claim Their Rights to Marriage Equality Conclusion: Fences Still under Construction Chapter Review5. Civil Rights: How Equal Is Equal? Securing Rights for Those with Disabilities: Refusing to Be Called a “Fire Hazard” “Equal Justice Under Law”: Confronting a History of Segregation and Oppression The NAACP’s Judicial Assault on Legal Segregation Securing Civil Rights for American Women Complexity and Change in Americans’ Efforts to Secure Their Civil Rights Conclusion: Have Americans’ Civil Rights Been Secured? Chapter ReviewPART II: POLITICAL BEHAVIOR AND MASS POLITICS6. Political Participation: Carry That Weight Shaping the Political Agenda: Testifying on the Problem of Sexual Violence and Firearms on College Campuses The Many Forms of Political Participation Mobilization and Pressure: Art and Protest as Tools of Social and Political Change Voting: Factors That Shape Electoral Participation Acting at a Very Local Level: Preventing Campus Sexual Assaults through Education and Distraction Young Americans: Political Participation and Nonparticipation in the Twenty-First Century Conclusion: Are Young Adult Americans Really Disconnected from the Political Process? Chapter Review7. Public Opinion: How Are Americans’ Voices Measured? Does It Matter? The “Fergusons” of America: Differing Views on a Tragic Event What Is Public Opinion? Shaping Public Opinion: The Battle over the “Fergusons” Measuring and Transmitting Public Opinion The Formation of Political Attitudes: Exploring Political Socialization Ferguson and the Effects of Public Opinion on Democratic Representation Conclusion: The Meanings of Public Opinion Chapter Review8. The Media: New Technologies, Enduring Issues Blogging from War: Soldiers as Journalists The Development of the American News Media Regulating the Media: Ownership and Content Merging News and Entertainment: Journalists as Celebrities How the Media Shape American Politics Today: Bias, Campaign Coverage, and the Power of the Media Conclusion: Comedians as Respected Journalists Chapter Review9. Political Parties: The Insurgents versus the Establishment Two Presidential Candidates Shake Up The Field What Are Parties, and What Do They Do? The Presidential Election of 2016: Bye Bye, Conventional Wisdom The Development of American Political Parties Conclusion: The Fallout Chapter Review10. Campaigns and Elections: Candidates and Voters in an Era of Demographic Change Latino Outreach in the 2016 Election Elections and Democratic Representation Competing for Latino Votes in a Presidential Campaign: Capturing an Unrealized Potential The Politics of Presidential Elections California’s Twenty-Fourth Congressional District: A First-Timer Runs for the House of Representatives The Politics of Congressional Elections Conclusion: From Candidate to Officeholder Chapter Review11. Interest Groups and Social Movements: Collective Action, Power, and Representation Blowing Bubbles with Houses: The Roots of a Financial Crisis A Nation of Joiners: Acting Collectively in American Representative Democracy Interest Groups Act on Their Members’ Behalf: Responding to the Financial Crisis, Part I The Interest Group Landscape: Types and Tactics The Origins of a Social Movement?: Responding to the Financial Crisis, Part II Social Movements: Pinning Down their Existence, Success, and Failure Conclusion: Organizing for Change Chapter ReviewPART III: INSTITUTIONS12. Congress: Representation, Organization, and Legislation Women in Congress Today: Looking Around, Looking Back, and Looking Ahead The Constitution and Congress Stepping Up and Charting a Path to Congress The Politics of Congressional Elections The Organization of Congress “I’m Just a Bill”: The Legislative Process The Meanings and Challenges of Representation Conclusion: The Complexity of Representation Chapter Review13. The American Presidency: Individuals, Institutions, and Executive Power The “Body” of Anwar Al-Awlaki: Presidential War-Making Power in the Twenty-First Century The Constitution and the American Presidency: A Vague Description of the Most Complicated Job in the World Testing The Limits Of Presidential Power During The American Civil War Individuals and the Development of Presidential Power The Modern Presidency in Context: Institutions and Informal Sources of Power The “Body” of Yaser Hamdi: The Supreme Court Restricts Presidential Power in the War on Terror Conclusion: The Paradox of Power Chapter Review14. The Federal Bureaucracy: Putting the Nation’s Laws into Effect Hurricane Katrina: A National Crisis Places the Federal Bureaucracy under the Microscope Theories of Bureaucratic Organization The Development of the American Federal Bureaucracy The Structure of the Modern Federal Bureaucracy Federal Bureaucrats: Organizations, Tasks, and Oversight Handling the Bureaucracy: Control, Oversight, and Reform Conclusion: Another Devastating Hurricane, Another Federal Response Chapter Review15. The Federal Judiciary: Politics, Power, and the “Least Dangerous” Branch The “Trial” of Sonia Sotomayor: Identity, Politics, and the Supreme Court The Constitution and the Federal Judiciary The “Trial” of John Marshall: The Establishment of Judicial Review The Federal Judiciary and the American Legal System Appointment to the Federal Judiciary The “Trial” of Robert Bork: Politics, Confirmation, and Constitutional Interpretation Judicial Review, Constitutional Interpretation, and Judicial Decision Making Conclusion: The “Trial” of Merrick Garland? Chapter ReviewAppendixArticles of ConfederationDeclaration of IndependenceConstitution of the United StatesFederalist No. 10Federalist No. 51Political Party Affiliations in Congress and the Presidency, 1789–2015Summary Of Presidential Elections, 1789–2012GlossaryNotesIndex