Read e-book online A History of the U.S. Political System 3 volumes : Ideas, PDF

By Richard A. Harris, Daniel J. Tichenor

This reference source combines exact old research, scholarly essays, and first resource files to discover the evolution of principles and associations that experience formed American govt and americans' political behavior.

• Over 50 individuals, together with a mixture of exceptional and state of the art political scientists and historians

• approximately two hundred fundamental resources, together with Federalist and Anti-Federalist writings, presidential speeches, and landmark splendid courtroom cases

• vintage engravings and political cartoons aligned with key sessions in American political development

• Tables of presidents and congressional management and maps displaying electoral votes over time

• identify and topic indexes for every volume

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Why, then, tell us of danger, to terrify us into an adoption of this new form of government? (Kenyon 1966, 251) Henry argued that if America did face domestic or foreign challenges, the country would be saved not by the central government, but rather by the republican spirit of the people. If America wanted to remain strong, the answer lay not in creating a more energetic government, but in cultivating the civic virtue of the citizenry, and this cultivation must take place primarily within the close-knit local communities that were found in the 13 separate republics.

In the view of Elshtain and many others, civil society is fraying, and this bodes ill for democracy in America. According to the political scientist Robert Putnam (2000), American communities are in danger of collapse, as Americans are joining together less and less. Putnam’s data suggest that Americans not only are participating in politics in low numbers, but also are connecting less often with their neighbors, friends, and even families. The sociologist Robert Bellah and his colleagues (1985) argue that one can also discern the decline of American community in the very language that Americans use to talk about their lives.

As Patrick Henry put it, Go to the poor man, and ask him what he does. He will inform you that he enjoys the fruits of his labor, under his own fig-tree, with his wife and children around him, in peace and security. . Why, then, tell us of danger, to terrify us into an adoption of this new form of government? (Kenyon 1966, 251) Henry argued that if America did face domestic or foreign challenges, the country would be saved not by the central government, but rather by the republican spirit of the people.

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