♥ Book Title : Miracle at Philadelphia
☯ Full Synopsis : "A history of the men, issues and background of the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia in 1787."Article| Catherine Drinker Bowen| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Who Wrote the U.S. Constitution?
☯ Full Synopsis : "Examines the facts of the 1787 convention and the history of the Constitution of the United States."Article| Candice Ransom| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Baptism by Fire
☯ Full Synopsis : "Americans have long been defined by how they face adversity. This is perhaps nowhere more evident than in how the nation's chief executive has tackled myriad issues upon entering the White House. The ways that U.S. presidents handle the vast responsibilities of the Oval Office determine the fate of the nation---and, in many cases, the fate of the world. In this fascinating narrative, presidential historian Mark Updegrove looks at eight U.S. presidents who inherited unprecedented crises immediately upon assuming the reigns of power. George Washington led a fragile and fledgling nation while defining the very role of the presidency. When Thomas Jefferson entered the White House, he faced a nation bitterly divided by a two-party schism far more severe than anything encountered today. John Tyler stepped into the office of the presidency during the constitutional crisis left by the first death of a sitting president. Abraham Lincoln inherited a divided nation on the brink of war. Franklin D. Roosevelt sought to quell America's fears during the depths of the Great Depression. His successor, Harry S. Truman, was sworn in as commander in chief at the close of World War II, and John F. Kennedy stepped into the increasingly heated atmosphere of the cold war. In the wake of Watergate, the first unelected president, Gerald R. Ford, aimed to end America's "long national nightmare." As the forty-fourth president takes office, Updegrove presents a timely look at these chief executives and the challenges they faced. In examining the ways in which presidents have addressed crises, Baptism by Fire illustrates the importance of character in leadership—and in the resilience of America itself."Article| Mark K. Updegrove| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Constitutional Convention of 1787
☯ Full Synopsis : "The first encyclopedic treatment of the personalities, politics, and events involved in drafting the U.S. Constitution. * 350 A-Z entries and dozens of sidebars including persons, events, compromises, committees, constitutional provisions, and even trivia * Two separate chronologies-one for day-to-day events at the Convention and one covering key events in the years surrounding the Convention * Primary source documents including copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the U.S. Constitution and its amendments * Extensive cross-references, a topical table of contents, bibliographical entries, a complete index, and maps"Article| John R. Vile| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Political Languages of Emancipation in the British Caribbean and the U.S. South
☯ Full Synopsis : "This comparative study examines the emancipation process in the British Caribbean, particularly Jamaica, during the 1830s and in the United States, particularly South Carolina, during the 1860s. Analyzing the intellectual and ideological foundations of postslavery Anglo-America, Demetrius Eudell explores how former slaves, former slaveholders, and their societies' central governments understood and discussed slavery, emancipation, and the transition between the two. Eudell investigates the public policies--which addressed issues of labor control, access to land, and the general social behaviors of former slaves--used to execute emancipation. In both regions, government-appointed officials (special magistrates in Jamaica and agents of the Freedmen's Bureau in South Carolina) were crucial in implementing these policies. While many former slaves were fighting for the right to be paid for their labor and to own land, many officials came to view their role as part of a new civilizing mission whose goal was to eradicate the psychic damage supposedly caused by slavery. Eudell concludes by examining the 1865 Morant Bay rebellion in Jamaica and the retreat from Reconstruction in South Carolina, part of the larger movement of Redemption that occurred in 1877. Both of these occurrences represented the incomplete victory of emancipation, Eudell argues, and should provoke scholarly questions regarding the persistent thesis of U.S. exceptionalism."Article| Demetrius L. Eudell| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Logic of American Politics
☯ Full Synopsis : "This new edition of the bestselling The Logic of American Politics is thoroughly updated and covers the dramatic 2016 election results with a thorough analysis of those results. It arms students with a revised introduction to institutional design that makes concepts such as command, veto, agenda control, voting rules, and delegation easier for students to master and apply, so they clearly see how the American political system was devised and why it works the way it does. Authors Samuel Kernell, Gary C. Jacobson, Thad Kousser, and Lynn Vavreck build students' critical thinking through a simple yet powerful idea: politics is about solving collective action problems. This new edition continues to delve into partisan differences among voters and in government and highlight the increasingly partisan nature of campaigns. By exploring issues such as the Affordable Care Act’s troubled implementation, the increasing legalization of marijuana and same-sex marriage in the states, and the debate over immigration, the book illustrates how the institutional structures of government, federalism, and even campaigns can help voters make sense of their choices. The concluding chapter on policymaking examines the noticeable logic that guides American policy, as shown through issues like health care reform, global climate change, and the federal budget. Students glean insights into the sources of policy problems, identify possible solutions, and realize why agreement on those solutions is often so hard to achieve."Article| Samuel Kernell, Gary C. Jacobson, Thad Kousser, Lynn Vavreck| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : James Madison and the Making of America
☯ Full Synopsis : "In James Madison and the Making of America, historian Kevin Gutzman looks beyond the way James Madison is traditionally seen -- as "The Father of the Constitution" -- to find a more complex and sometimes contradictory portrait of this influential Founding Father and the ways in which he influenced the spirit of today's United States. Instead of an idealized portrait of Madison, Gutzman treats readers to the flesh-and-blood story of a man who often performed his founding deeds in spite of himself: Madison's fame rests on his participation in the writing of The Federalist Papers and his role in drafting the Bill of Rights and Constitution. Today, his contribution to those documents is largely misunderstood. He thought that the Bill of Rights was unnecessary and insisted that it not be included in the Constitution, a document he found entirely inadequate and predicted would soon fail. Madison helped to create the first American political party, the first party to call itself "Republican", but only after he had argued that political parties, in general, were harmful. Madison served as Secretary of State and then as President during the early years of the United States and the War of 1812; however, the American foreign policy he implemented in 1801-1817 ultimately resulted in the British burning down the Capitol and the White House. In so many ways, the contradictions both in Madison's thinking and in the way he governed foreshadowed the conflicted state of our Union now. His greatest legacy—the disestablishment of Virginia's state church and adoption of the libertarian Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom—is often omitted from discussion of his career. Yet, understanding the way in which Madison saw the relationship between the church and state is key to understanding the real man. Kevin Gutzman's James Madison and the Making of America promises to become the standard biography of our fourth President."Article| Kevin R. C. Gutzman| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Parallel Accords
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♥ Book Title : Peace Pact
☯ Full Synopsis : "Interstate rivalries and the possibility of intersectional war loomed large in the thinking of the Framers who convened in Philadelphia in 1787 to put on paper the ideas that would bind the federal union together. By reexamining the creation of the federal system of the United States from a perspective that yokes diplomacy with constitutionalism, Hendrickson's study introduces a new way to think about what is familiar to us. --from publisher description."Article| David C. Hendrickson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Politics and the American Future
☯ Full Synopsis : "Written for the American Government course, this book is a point-of-view book that addresses the fundamental dilemma facing democratic societies. This book takes all of the traditional topics covered by an American Government text and shows how they are influenced by the trade-offs between efficacy and representativeness. For example, in the civil liberties chapter, it is shown how the emergencies of the Civil War, World War I and World War II led to curbs on civil liberties. As the emergency of World War II ended and the fear of communism receded, much of the 1960s and 1970s saw a relaxation in the demand for efficacy and a growing demand for representativeness."Article| John J. Harrigan| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : The Constitution
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