U.s. Political History
American Political Cultures
American Political Cultures
Paperback      ISBN: 0195111389

This work challenges the thesis first formulated by de Tocqueville and later systematically developed by Louis Hartz, that American political culture is characterized by a consensus on liberal capitalist values. Ranging over three hundred years of history and drawing upon the seminal work anthropologist Mary Douglas, Richard Ellis demonstrates that American history is best understood as a contest between five rival political cultures: egalitarian community, competitive individualism, hierarchical collectivism, atomized fatalism, and autonomous hermitude.

American Political History: A Very Short Introduction
American Political History
A Very Short Introduction
Paperback      ISBN: 0199340056

The Founding Fathers who drafted the United States Constitution in 1787 distrusted political parties, popular democracy, centralized government, and a strong executive office. Yet the country's national politics have historically included all those features. In American Political History: A Very Short Introduction, Donald Critchlow takes on this contradiction between original theory and actual practice. This brief, accessible book explores the nature of the two-party system, key turning points in American political history, representative presidential and congressional elections, struggles to expand the electorate, and critical social protest and third-party movements. The volume emphasizes the continuity of a liberal tradition challenged by partisan divide, war, and periodic economic turmoil.

American Political History: A Very Short Introduction explores the emergence of a democratic political culture within a republican form of government, showing the mobilization and extension of the mass electorate over the lifespan of the country. In a nation characterized by great racial, ethnic, and religious diversity, American democracy has proven extraordinarily durable. Individual parties have risen and fallen, but the dominance of the two-party system persists. Fierce debates over the meaning of the U.S. Constitution have created profound divisions within the parties and among voters, but a belief in the importance of constitutional order persists among political leaders and voters. Americans have been deeply divided about the extent of federal power, slavery, the meaning of citizenship, immigration policy, civil rights, and a range of economic, financial, and social policies. New immigrants, racial minorities, and women have joined the electorate and the debates. But American political history, with its deep social divisions, bellicose rhetoric, and antagonistic partisanship provides valuable lessons about the meaning and viability of democracy in the early 21st century.

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American Political Leaders: From Colonial Times to the Present
American Political Leaders
From Colonial Times to the Present
Hardcover      ISBN: 0874365708

A biographical dictionary providing information on key political personnel from 1789 to 1991

American Political Leaders 1789-2009
American Political Leaders 1789-2009
Hardcover      ISBN: 160426537x

This handy single volume features a wealth of fascinating biographical information on approximately 9,000 of the most important U.S. elected and appointed leaders. Newly updated, it includes key facts on political leaders spanning 220 years of American history. Organized for quick, easy reference, the book contains six chapters in which readers will find the following on presidents, vice presidents, cabinet members, Supreme Court justices, members of Congress, and governors:

  • Basic Facts including all significant biographical data, such as birth and death dates, periods of public service, and party affiliations
  • Special Information including boxed features and analytical commentary on topics such as presidential disability and succession; religious affiliations of the U.S. presidents and Supreme Court justices; White House hostesses; and women, African Americans, and Hispanic Americans in Congress, the Cabinet, the Supreme Court, and the White House
This easy-to-use resource also offers an appendix of additional reference tables on Congress, including sessions held, leadership, and committee chairmen. American Political Leaders 1789-2010 is the perfect reference guide for researchers, students, and interested citizens looking for names, dates, and other essential information on U.S. leaders in one convenient, reliable source.
The American Political Nation, 1838-1893
The American Political Nation, 1838-1893
Hardcover      ISBN: 0804718784
American Political Thought
American Political Thought
Paperback      ISBN: 1483307719

President Obama's hope of bringing a new kind of politics to Washington has fallen on hard times, with hardening party lines reflecting ideological polarization. Utilizing the organizing theme of partisan gridlock in the seventh edition's introductory materials and author headnotes, editor Michael Cummings reminds readers that partisanship has long been a recurring problem for Americans, dating back to the deadly conflicts among the Iroquois nations, to the debates of the constitutional convention, and to the near destruction of the young republic during the Civil War. American Political Thought challenges students to examine their own political thinking in light of insights from past thinkers and in terms of the challenges they face as citizens of the twenty-first century. Along with time-tested readings, about one-third of this edition's authors are new, including a number of thinkers from earlier periods, as well as more recent selections from liberal, conservative, and more unconventional thinkers.

American Politics: The Promise of Disharmony
American Politics
The Promise of Disharmony
Paperback      ISBN: 0674030214

This stunningly persuasive book examines the persistent, radical gap between the promise of American ideals and the performance of American politics. Samuel P. Huntington shows how Americans, throughout their history as a nation, have been united by the democratic creed of liberty, equality, and hostility to authority. At the same time he reveals how, inevitably, these ideals have been perennially frustrated through the institutions and hierarchies required to carry on the essential functions of governing a democratic society.

From this antagonism between the ideals of democracy and the realities of power have risen four great political upheavals in American history. Every third generation, Huntington argues, Americans have tried to reconstruct their institutions to make them more truly reflect deeply rooted national ideals. Moving from the clenched fists and mass demonstrations of the 1960s, to the moral outrage of the Progressive and Jacksonian Eras, back to the creative ideological fervor of the American Revolution, he incisively analyzes the dissenters' objectives. All, he pungently writes, sought to remove the fundamental disharmony between the reality of government in America and the ideals on which the American nation was founded.

Huntington predicts that the tension between ideals and institutions is likely to increase in this country in the future. And he reminds us that the fate of liberty and democracy abroad is intrinsically linked to the strength of our power in world affairs. This brilliant and controversial analysis deserves to rank alongside the works of Tocqueville, Bryce, and Hofstadter and will become a classic commentary on the meaning of America.

American Politics in the Gilded Age: 1868 - 1900
American Politics in the Gilded Age
1868 - 1900
Paperback      ISBN: 0882959336

Often Gilded-Age politics has been described as devoid of content or accomplishment, a mere spectacle to divert voters from thinking about the real issues of the day. But by focusing too closely on dramatic scandals and on the foibles of prominent politicians, many historians have tended to obscure other aspects of late nineteenth-century politics that proved to be of great and long-term significance.

With the latest scholarship in mind, Professor Cherny provides a deft and highly readable analysis that is certain to help readers better understand the characteristics and important products of Gilded-Age politics. Topics covered include: voting behavior; the relation between the popular will and the formation of public policy; the cause and effect of the deadlock in national politics that lasted from the mid-1870s to the 1890s; the sources of political innovation at state and local levels; and the notable changes wrought during the 1890s that ushered in important new forms of American politics.

American Royalty: The Bush and Clinton Families and the Danger to the American Presidency
American Royalty
The Bush and Clinton Families and the Danger to the American Presidency
Hardcover      ISBN: 1403984158

The Bush-Clinton families' hold on the American presidency is a danger to the presidency itself and to American democracy. This book will highlight the problems and the consequences of combining the most powerful political office in the world with family legacies.

American Royalty: The Bush and Clinton Families and the Danger to the American Presidency
American Royalty
The Bush and Clinton Families and the Danger to the American Presidency
Paperback      ISBN: 1403984166

The Bush-Clinton families' hold on the American presidency is a danger to the presidency itself and to American democracy. This book will highlight the problems and the consequences of combining the most powerful political office in the world with family legacies.