The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History / Edition 1

The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
0691113777
ISBN-13:
9780691113777
Pub. Date:
09/22/2003
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
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Overview

The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History / Edition 1

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691113777
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 09/22/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 934,324
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

CONTRIBUTORS ix

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xiii

CHAPTER ONE

The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History by Meg Jacobs and Julian E. Zelizer 1

CHAPTER TWO

Explaining the Unexplainable: The Cultural Context of the Sedition Act by Joanne B. Freeman 20

CHAPTER THREE

Affairs of Office: The Executive Departments, the Election of 1828, and the Making of the Democratic Party by Richard R. John 50

CHAPTER FOUR

The Legal Transformation of Citizenship in Nineteenth-Century America by William J. Novak 85

CHAPTER FIVE

Bringing the Constitution Back In: Amendment, Innovation, and Popular Democracy during the Civil War Era by Michael Vorenberg 120

CHAPTER SIX

Democracy in the Age of Capital: Contesting Suffrage Rights in Gilded Age New York by Sven Beckert 146

CHAPTER SEVEN

Domesticity versus Manhood Rights: Republicans, Democrats, and "Family Values "Politics,1856-1896 by Rebecca Edwards 175

CHAPTER EIGHT

The Case for Courts: Law and Political Development in the Progressive Era by Michael Willrich 198

CHAPTER NINE

"Mirrors of Desires":Interest Groups, Elections, and the Targeted Style in Twentieth-Century America by Brian Balogh 222

CHAPTER TEN

Pocketbook Politics: Democracy and the Market in Twentieth-Century America by Meg Jacobs 250

CHAPTER ELEVEN

The Uneasy Relationship: Democracy, Taxation, and State Building since the New Deal by Julian E. Zelizer 276

CHAPTER TWELVE

All Politics Is Local: The Persistence of Localism in Twentieth-Century America by Thomas J. Sugrue 301

CHAPTER THIRTEEN

Suburban Strategies: The Volatile Center in Postwar American Politics by Matthew D. Lassiter 327

CHAPTER FOURTEEN

From Hartz to Tocqueville: Shifting the Focus from Liberalism to Democracy in America by James T Kloppenberg 350

CHAPTER FIFTEEN

The Possibilities of Analytical Political History Ira Katznelson 381

INDEX 401

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