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American Political Thought 7ed

by Michael S Cummings CQ Press
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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.

Introduction: American Political Thought*Part I: A Revolutionary Experiment: 1620a1800*1. John Winthrop The Little Speech (1639)2. Roger Williams The Bloody Tenet of Persecution for Cause of Conscience (1644) The Bloody Tenet of Persecution, Made Yet More Bloody (1652)3. John Wise aDemocracy Is Founded in Scripturea (1717)4. Jonathan Mayhew* aA Discourse Concerning Unlimited Submission and Non-Resistance to the Higher Powersa (1750)*5. Benjamin Franklin 0bservations Concerning the Increase of Mankind, the Peopling of Countries, etc. (1751) Excerpts from the Great Law of Peace of the Iroquois Nations (n.d.) Short Hints towards a Scheme for Uniting the Northern Colonies (1754) The Albany Plan of Union (1754)6. Samuel Adams aThe Rights of the Colonistsa (1772)7. Benjamin Rush aAn Address to the Inhabitants of the British Settlements in America, Upon Slave-Keepinga (1773) aParadise of Negro SlavesaA Dreama (1798)8. Thomas Paine Common Sense (1776) The American Crisis I (1777) Rights of ManaPart One (1791)9. The Declaration of Independence The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America (1776)10. The Articles of Confederation Articles of Confederation (ratified 1781)11. John Adams aThoughts on Governmenta (1776) aA Defense of the Constitutions of the United Statesa (1787) Correspondence with Abigail Adams (1776)12. The Constitution The Constitution of the United States of America (1787)13. In Favor of Adoption of the Constitution James Madisonas Federalist Essays (1787a1788) Alexander Hamiltonas Federalist Essays (1787a1788)14. Against Adoption of the Constitution Dissent of the Pennsylvania Minority (1787) Letter from Samuel Adams to Richard Henry Lee (1787) Richard Henry Leeas Letters from the Federal Farmer (1787)15. Alexander Hamiltonas Program Report on Credit (1790) Opinion on the Constitutionality of the Bank (1791) Report on Manufactures (1791)16. Thomas Jefferson: Principles and Program Notes on Virginia (1785) Madisonas Report to the Virginia General Assembly (1800) First Inaugural Address (1801) Selected Letters (1787a1823)17. George Washington Farewell Address (1796)Part II: Development and Democracy: 1800a1865*18. John Marshall Marbury v. Madison (1803) McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)19. Frances Wright* aOn Existing Evils, and Their Remedya (1829)*20. William Lloyd Garrison Declaration of Sentiments of the American Anti-Slavery Society (1833)21. Angelina Grimke Weld* Speech at Pennsylvania Hall (1838)*22. Orestes Brownson aThe Laboring Classesa (1840)23. Jane McManus Storm Cazneau (aCora Montgomerya) Annexation (1845)24. Henry David Thoreau aCivil Disobediencea (1848)25. Elizabeth Cady Stanton aDeclaration of Sentiments and Resolutionsa (1848) Address to the New York State Legislature (1860)26. Frederick Douglass* Speech at the Anti-Slavery Association (1848) aWhat to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?a (1852)* aThe Various Phases of Anti-Slaverya (1855)27. John C. Calhoun A Disquisition on Government (1848)28. Sojourner Truth* aAinat I a Womana and other speeches (1851-1881)*29. George Fitzhugh Cannibals All! (1857)30. Abraham Lincoln Lyceum Address (1838)* Speech on the Dred Scott Decision (1857) Letter to Boston Republicans (1859) Cooper Union Address (1860) First Inaugural Address (1861) Second Annual Message to Congress (1862) The Gettysburg Address (1863) The Emancipation Proclamation (1863)* Second Inaugural Address (1865)Part III: Reconstruction and Industrialization: 1865a1900*31. The Civil War Constitutional Amendments and the Failure of the aSixteentha Amendment The Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments (1865a1870) Excerpts from The Revolution (1869) Debates at Meetings of the Equal Rights Association (1869) Susan B. Anthonyas Statement at the Close of Her Trial (1873) Susan B. Anthonyas Petition to Congress for Remission of Her Fine (1874)32. Henry George* Progress and Poverty (1879)*33. William Graham Sumner What Social Classes Owe to Each Other (1884) aThe Conquest of the United States by Spaina (1899)34. Edward Bellamy* Looking Backward (1888)*35. Andrew Carnegie aWealtha (1889)36. Populism The Ocala Demands (1890) The Populist Party Platform (1892)37. Robert Ingersoll A Christmas Sermon (1891) Superstition (1887) Has Free Thought a Constructive Side? (1890) Centennial Oration (1876) God in the Constitution (1890) The Liberty of Man, Woman, and Child (1877) On Lent (1881) Why I Am an Agnostic (1896) On Science and Reason (n.d.) On Happiness as the Only Good (1882)38. Henry Demarest Lloyd aRevolution: The Evolution of Socialisma (1894)39. Ambrose Bierce The Devilas Dictionary (Selections) (1911)40. Mark Twain The War Prayer (1923 )41. Black Elk/John G. Neihardt Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux (1932)Part IV: The Rise of the Positive State: 1900a1945*42. W.E.B. Du Bois The Souls of Black Folk (1903)43. Emma Goldman aAnarchism: What It Really Stands Fora (1907) aThe Tragedy of Womanas Emancipationa (1910)44. Eugene V. Debs aRevolutionary Unionisma (1905) Speech to the Jury (1918)45. Herbert Croly The Promise of American Life (1909)46. Theodore Roosevelt* New Nationalism Speech (1910)*47. Progressivism The Progressive Party Platform (1912) Article V of the Colorado State Constitution, as Amended (1910) The Progressive Era Constitutional Amendments, Sixteen through Twenty-One (1913a1933)48. Frederick W. Taylor The Nature of Scientific Management (1912)49. Woodrow Wilson aThe Meaning of Democracya (1912)50. Randolph Bourne* Youth and Life (1913)*51. John Dewey The Public and Its Problems (1927)52. Zora Hurston* aWhat It Feels Like to Be Colored Mea (1928)*53. Franklin D. Roosevelt The Commonwealth Club Address (1932) Campaign Address (1936) An Economic Bill of Rights (1944)54. Henry A. Wallace* Radio Address aThe Cotton Plow-Upa (1933)*55. Langston Hughes aA New Songa (1938) aLet America Be America Againa (1938) aHarlem, or Dream Deferreda (1951)Part V: Liberalism in the Post-War Period: 1945a1980*56. Walter Lippman* The Public Philosophy (1955)*57. Robert Dahl* A Preface to Democratic Theory (1956)*58. Dwight D. Eisenhower* Farewell Address (1961)*59. John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address (1961)60. Milton Friedman and Rose Friedman* Capitalism and Freedom (1962)*61. Ayn Rand* The Virtue of Selfishness (1962)*62. Martin Luther King Jr. Letter from the Birmingham City Jail (1963)63. Young Americans for Freedom* Sharon Statement (1960)*64. Students for a Democratic Society The Port Huron Statement (1962)65. Lyndon B. Johnson* Great Society Speech (1964)*66. Ronald Reagan* A Time for Choosing (1964)*67. Aldo Leopold A Sand County Almanac (1966 )68. Betty Friedan Our Revolution Is Unique (1968)69. La Alianza Federal de Mercedes Reies Tijerina, the Alianza, and the Land-Grant Struggles in the Southwest (1972)70. John Rawls* Justice as Fairness: Political not Metaphysical (1985 )*71. Christopher Lasch The Culture of Narcissism (1979) Women and the Common Life (1997)72. Theodore Lowi* The End of Liberalism: The Second Republic of the United States (1979)*73. Summary of an Era: Amendments Ratified and Not Ratified Articles of Amendment Ratified Articles of Amendment Not RatifiedPart VI: The Triumph of Neoconservatism: 1980a2006*74. Irving Kristol* Two Cheers for Capitalism (1978 ):aWhen Virtue Loses All Its Lovelinessa*75. Ronald Reagan First Inaugural Address (1981) State of the Union Address (1984)76. George Will* Statecraft as Soulcraft (1983)*77. National Conference of Catholic Bishops Economic Justice for All: Pastoral Letter on Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy (1986)78. Glenn C. Loury aAchieving the aDreama: A Challenge to Liberals and Conservativesin the Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.a (1990)79. Paul Wolfowitz aU.S. Strategy Plan Calls for Insuring No Rivals Developa (1992) 80. Patrick J. Buchanan Where the Right Went Wrong: How Neoconservatives Subverted the Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency (2004)81. Winona LaDuke All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life (1999)82. Rudolfo A. Anaya Elegy on the Death of CA©sar ChA¡vez (2000)83. George W. Bush The National Security Strategy of the United States of America (2006)Part VII: Voices of the Twenty-First Century*84. bell hooks* Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics (2000)*85. Americans with Disabilities Act (1990, 2009)* Excerpts from, commentary on, and extensions of the A.D.A. by Catherine Kudlick (2003), Lloyd Burton (2013), and Claudia Folska (2013)*86. International Institute for Restorative Practices* From Restorative Justice to Restorative Practices: Expanding the Paradigm (2004)* Restorative Justice Practices in Every Classroom (2013)*87. Andrew J. Bacevich* aAppetite for Destruction: Never Have So Many Shoppers Owed So Mucha¦a (2008)88. Presidential Candidate Barack Obama* Speech on Race: A More Perfect Union (2008)*89. Rand Paul (with Jack Hunter)* The Tea Party Goes to Washington (2011)*90. Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger* Me to We (2011)*91. U.S. Catholic Nuns vs. the Vatican * Pat Farrell, OSF: aNavigating the Shifts,a presidential address to the 2012 Leadership Conference of Women Religiousa (2012) and Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, aDoctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religiousa (2012)*92. Bill Drayton* Interview with Forbes Magazine: aAshoka Chairman Bill Drayton on the Power of Social Entrepreneurshipa (2012)*93. Glenn Morris* aU.S. Indigenous Political Thought for the Twenty-First Centurya (2013)*94. President Barack Obama, Al Gore, and the Heritage Foundation on Climate Change* Obama Speech on Climate Change; Gore response; Heritage response (2013)*95. National Coalition for LGBT Health* aGuiding Principles for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Inclusion in Health Carea (2013)*96. Richard Blanco* Inaugural Poem aOne Todaya (2013)*

and ldquo;Overall, the book is excellent. It is well organized and quite inclusive. and rdquo; Neal Wise and ldquo;Overall, the selections in American Political Thought really help to bring these debates alive in my classes. It helps my students understand where we are coming from and where we are going as a nation. In particular, the effort over the last few editions to bring in more diversity of political thought has been really beneficial. and rdquo; Brian Russell and ldquo;This is a great book to introduce students to a wide selection of American political theorists. The organization of the book is excellent and mdash;I can assign readings based on themes or times in American history, allowing me to make connections between theories/theorists and current events or policies that students can relate to. and rdquo; Paul Hathaway and ldquo;American Political Thought offers a good selection of writings. The editor and rsquo;s introductions set up the readings very well. and rdquo; Charles S. Matzke, Michigan State University and ldquo;It and rsquo;s an outstanding resource of primary texts for students to become acquainted with. I think the introductory material is just right and mdash;not too much, but enough information to give students a framework within which to assess what they read. and rdquo; Marie A. Eisenstein, Indiana University Northwest
Michael S. Cummings is professor of political science and Presidentas Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado Denver. A graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton, he received his Ph.D. in political science from Stanford. He has published many articles and two co-edited books on communal and utopian studies, as well as a 1999 co-edited book, The Transformation of U.S. Unions: Voices, Visions, and Strategies from the Grassroots. His 2001 book, Beyond Political Correctness: Social Transformation in the United States, was named the aOutstanding Book in Transformational and Ecological Politicsa by the American Political Science Associationas organized section in Ecological and Transformational Politics. Since the 1980s, he has been a non-partisan public advocate for youth rights and empowerment.