American Political Rhetoric: A Reader

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Peter Augustine Lawler, Robert Martin Schaefer
Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 - Political Science - 427 pages
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American Political Rhetoric is the only reader designed for introductory classes in American politics and government that is both focused on fundamental political principles and includes nothing but classic examples of our nation's political rhetoric. There are selections from The Federalist, Washington, Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Abigail Adams, the Seneca Falls Declaration, Franklin Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, and many others. In addition, there are generous excerpts from leading Supreme Court opinions on race, gender, school prayer, abortion, the separation of powers, federalism, and other key political issues. In American Political Rhetoric, Peter Lawler and Robert Schaefer contend that the study of politics is, first and foremost, for citizens, who learn best from considering the arguments put forward by our statesmen. The student enters into the controversy that animates political life, learning to form thoughtful opinions about basic political questions. Those opinions, in turn, form the foundation of the citizen's political activity in a democracy. The fifth edition is updated throughout and includes new readings on the President and Congress, race, gender, and foreign policy.
 

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Contents

Founding Principles
1
Alexis de Tocqueville Democracy in America vol 1 1835
4
The Northwest Ordinance 1787
11
Federalist 9
12
Federalist 10
15
Federalist 47
21
Federalist 48
27
Federalist 49
31
The Port Huron Statement 1962
203
Lyndon B Johnson State of the Union Address 1964
206
Lyndon B Johnson Commencement Address at the University of Michigan 1964
208
Ronald W Reagan State of the Union Address 1982
210
Mario M Cuomo Speech Delivered at the Harvard Class Day 1985
214
Václav Havel Address to a Joint Session of Congress 1990
221
Dan Quayle Restoring Basic Values Strengthening the Family 1992
225
Bill Clinton Remarks at the Welfare Reform Bill Signing 19961
228

Federalist 51
34
Centinel Letter I 1787
38
James Madison On Property 1792
41
George Washington Farewell Address 1796
43
Thomas Jefferson Letter to John Adams 1813
44
Federalism
45
Thomas Jefferson Notes on the State of Virginia 1784
49
McCulloch v Maryland 1819
50
Hammer v Dagenhart 1918
55
United States v Darby 1941
59
Ronald W Reagan State of the Union Address 1982
60
Garcia v San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Authority 1985
62
US Term Limits Inc v Thornton 1995
67
United States v Lopez
72
President and Congress
79
Federalist 63
84
Federalist 70
86
Federalist 71
87
Federalist 73
89
Abraham Lincoln Message to Congress in Special Session 1861
92
Franklin D Roosevelt Message to Congress 1942
94
The War Powers Resolution 1973
96
United States v Nixon 1974
98
Gerald R Ford The Nixon Pardon 1974
102
George H W Bush Message to the House of Representatives Returning without Approval the Foreign Relations Authorization Act 1989
103
George W Bush September 11 2001 2001
106
Rasul v Bush
107
Richard B Cheney Remarks at the State Funeral for Ronald W Reagan 2004
115
Judiciary
119
Federalist 78
120
Marbury v Madison 1803
126
Abraham Lincoln First Inaugural Address 1861
132
Robert H Bork Interpreting the Constitution 1987
138
Griswold v Connecticut 1965
140
Roe v Wade 1973
142
Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v Casey 1992
147
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Speaking in a Judicial Voice 1992
152
Stenberg v Carhart 2000
155
Lee v Weisman 1992
166
Santa Fe Independent School District v Jane Doe 2000
168
Constitutional Preservation and Political Change
175
Address Before Young Mens Lyceum of Springfield Illinois 1838
176
What Sort of Despotism Democratic Nations Have to Fear 1840
183
Abraham Lincoln Final Text of the Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg 1863
186
Franklin D Roosevelt Commonwealth Club Campaign Speech 1932
188
Franklin D Roosevelt Address to the Young Democratic Clubs of America 1935
197
Franklin D Roosevelt Fireside Chat on Party Primaries 1938
199
Franklin D Roosevelt Message on the State of the Union 1944
201
Bill Clinton Remarks on the Human Genome Project 2000
233
George W Bush Remarks on Stem Cell Research 2001
235
Civil Rights Race
241
Sections of the US Constitution Concerning Slavery
246
Thomas Jefferson Notes on the State of Virginia 1784
247
David Walker Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World 1829
248
Abraham Lincoln Speech on the Repeal of the Missouri Compromise 1854
251
Frederick Douglass Address for the Promotion of Colored Enlistment 1864
256
Alexander Stephens the Corner Stone Speech
257
Plessy v Ferguson 1896
258
Brown v Board of Education 1954
259
Martin Luther King Jr Letter from a Birmingham Jail 1963
263
Martin Luther King Jr I Have A Dream 1963
277
Lyndon B Johnson Address on Voting Rights 1965
280
South Carolina v Katzenbach 1966
286
Regents of the University of California v Bakke 1978
289
Fullilove v Klutznick 1980
292
Richmond v J A Croson Co 1989
296
Adarand Constructors Inc v Pena 1995
302
Grutter v Bollinger 2003
305
Civil Rights Gender
315
John Adams Letter to Abigail Adams 1776
316
Frederick Douglass Womans Suffrage Movement 1870
320
Jane Addams Why Women Should Vote 1910
323
Rostker v Goldberg 1981
326
Jeane Kirkpatrick Address to the Womens Forum 1984
328
From What to What? 1992
330
Romer v Evans 1996
333
Lawrence v Texas 2003
339
Foreign Policy
347
Alexander Hamilton Pacificus Letter No 1 1793
348
James Madison Helvidius Letter No 1 1793
351
George Washington Farewell Address 1796
354
Franklin D Roosevelt Four Freedoms Speech 1941
357
George F Kennan The Source of Soviet Conduct 1947
360
The Truman Doctrine 1947
363
Dwight D Eisenhower Farewell Address 1961
366
John F Kennedy Ich bin ein Berliner 1963
369
Jimmy Carter Address at the University of Notre Dame 1977
370
Jeane Kirkpatrick Address Before the American Enterprise Institute 1981
375
Ronald W Reagan Address to the British Parliament 1982
381
Malcolm Wallop Defense Policy after the Cold War 1992
388
Richard Nixon Beyond Peace 1994
392
George W Bush Iraq Policy Speech 2003
394
The Constitution of the United States
405
About the Editors
427
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Peter Augustine Lawler is Dana Professor and chair of the Department of Government and International Studies at Berry College in Georgia. Robert Martin Schaefer is professor of political science and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Mobile in Alabama.

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