American Political Rhetoric: A Reader

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Peter Augustine Lawler, Robert Martin Schaefer
Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 383 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 fourth edition of this book is completely reorganized, with material both contemporary and classic added to each chapter. The most noteworthy innovations include a separate chapter on gender and the latest Supreme Court opinions on school prayer and abortion.
 

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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
FEDERALISTS 47
21
FEDERALIST 48
27
FEDERALIST 49
31
THE PORT HURON STATEMENT 1962
189
LYNDON B JOHNSON STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS 1964
191
LYNDON B JOHNSON COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN 1964
193
RONALD REAGAN STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS 1982
196
MARIO M CUOMO SPEECH DELIVERED AT THE HARVARD CLASS DAY 1985
200
VACLAV HAVEL ADDRESS TO A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS 1990
207
DAN QUAYLE RESTORING BASIC VALUES STRENGTHENING THE FAMILY 1992
210
FROM WHAT TO WHAT? 1992
214

FEDERALIST 51
34
CENTINEL LETTER I PHILADELPHIA
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 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 1995
73
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
101
GEORGE H BUSH MESSAGE TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES RETURNING WITHOUT APPROVAL THE FOREIGN RELATIONS A...
103
Judiciary
107
FEDERALIST 78
108
MARBURY v MADISON 1803
114
ABRAHAM LINCOLN FIRST INAUGURAL ADDRESS 1861
120
ROBERT H BORK INTERPRETING THE CONSTITUTION 1987
126
ROE v WADE 1973
128
PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA v CASEY 1992
133
RUTH BADER GINSBURG SPEAKING IN A JUDICIAL VOICE 1992
138
STENBERG v CARHART 2000
141
LEE v WEISMAN 1992
151
SANTA FE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT v JANE DOE 2000
154
Constitutional Preservation and Political Change
161
THE PERPETUATION OF OUR POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS 1838
162
WHAT SORT OF DESPOTISM DEMOCRATIC NATIONS HAVE TO FEAR 1840
169
ABRAHAM LINCOLN FINAL TEXT OF THE ADDRESS DELIVERED AT THE DEDICATION OF THE CEMETERY AT GETTYSBURG 1863
172
FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT COMMONWEALTH CLUB CAMPAIGN SPEECH 1932
174
FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT ADDRESS TO THE YOUNG DEMOCRATIC CLUBS OF AMERICA 1935
182
FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT FIRESIDE CHAT ON PARTY PRIMARIES 1938
185
FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT MESSAGE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION 1944
186
BILL CLINTON REMARKS TO THE CONVOCATION OF THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST IN MEMPHIS 1993
217
BILL CLINTON REMARKS AT THE WELFARE REFORM BILL SIGNING 1996
220
BILL CLINTON REMARKS ON THE HUMAN GENOME PROJECT 2000
224
Civil Rights Race
229
SECTIONS OF THE US CONSTITUTION CONCERNING SLAVERY
234
THOMAS JEFFERSON NOTES ON THE STATE OF VIRGINIA 1784
235
ABRAHAM LINCOLN SPEECH ON REPEAL OF THE MISSOURI COMPROMISE 1854
236
FREDERICK DOUGLASS ADDRESS FOR THE PROMOTION OF COLORED ENLISTMENT 1864
241
FREDERICK DOUGLASS ORATION IN MEMORY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN 1876
242
PLESSY v FERGUSON 1896
243
BROWN v BOARD OF EDUCATION 1954
244
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR LETTER FROM A BIRMINGHAM JAIL 1963
248
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR I HAVE A DREAM 1963
262
LYNDON B JOHNSON ADDRESS ON VOTING RIGHTS 1965
265
SOUTH CAROLINA v KATZENBACH 1966
271
FULLILOVE v KLUTZNICK 1980
274
CITY OF RICHMOND v CROSON 1989
278
ADARAND CONSTRUCTORS INC v PENA 1995
284
Civil Rights Gender
289
JOHN ADAMS LETTER TO ABIGAIL ADAMS 1776
290
FREDERICK DOUGLASS WOMANS SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT 1870
294
JANE ADDAMS WHY WOMEN SHOULD VOTE 1910
297
ROSTKER v GOLDBERG 1981
299
JEANE KIRKPATRICK ADDRESS TO THE WOMENS FORUM 1984
301
ROMER v EVANS 1996
304
Foreign Policy
311
PACIFICUS ALEXANDER HAMILTON LETTER NO 1 1793
312
HELVIDIUS JAMES MADISON LETTER NO 1 1793
315
GEORGE WASHINGTON FAREWELL ADDRESS 1796
318
FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT FOUR FREEDOMS SPEECH 1941
321
GEORGE F KENNAN THE SOURCES OF SOVIET CONDUCT 1947
324
THE TRUMAN DOCTRINE 1947
327
DWIGHT D EISENHOWER FAREWELL ADDRESS 1961
330
JOHN F KENNEDY ICH BIN EIN BERLINER 1963
333
JIMMY CARTER ADDRESS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME 1977
334
JEANE KIRKPATRICK ADDRESS BEFORE THE AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE 1981
339
RONALD REAGAN ADDRESS TO THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT 1982
345
MALCOLM WALLOP DEFENSE POLICY AFTER THE COLD WAR 1992
352
RICHARD M NIXON BEYOND PEACE 1994
356
BILL CLINTON WHY WERE INVOLVED IN KOSOVO 1999
358
The Constitution of the United States of America
361
About the Editors
383
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Peter Augustine Lawler is professor of political science at Berry College in Georgia. Robert Martin Schaefer is assistant professor of political science at the University of Mobile in Alabama.

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