History of American Political Thought

History of American Political Thought

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History of American Political Thought is a unique one-volume companion to the study of American political thought that provides concise introductions to the most important and influential thinkers in American history, of all political persuasions from all time periods. The editors have assembled many of the nation's best scholars in political thought to present portraits of the American statesmen, activists, and writers who have had a truly significant and lasting influence on American political life. In short and accessible essays on such statesmen as George Washington and Franklin Roosevelt, writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Mark Twain, and activists such as W.E.B. DuBois and Betty Friedan, the authors describe each figure's historical context and achievements, present a thorough analysis of their most notable writings and speeches, and highlight the significance of their work to our political heritage. History of American Political Thought not only provides a valuable resource for reference and research for students and scholars alike; it also displays the very tapestry of a growing country, woven through with the innovations in thought that have shaped and challenged-and continue to challenge-America's understanding of itself.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 848 pages
  • 178.8 x 257 x 45mm | 1,759.96g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0739106244
  • 9780739106242

About Bryan-Paul Frost

Bryan-Paul Frost is the James A. and Kaye L. Crocker Endowed Professor in Political Science as well as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Louisiana. Jeffrey Sikkenga is Assistant Professor of Politcal Science at Ashland University. He is also an adjunct fellow at the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs.show more

Table of contents

Part 1 From Colony to Nation (1608-1776) Chapter 2 John Winthrop, John Cotton, and Nathaniel Niles: The Basic Principles of Puritan Political Thought Chapter 3 Thomas Hutchinson and James Otis on Sovereignty, Obedience, and Rebellion Chapter 4 Thomas Paine: The American Radical Chapter 5 Benjamin Franklin: A Model American and an American Model Part 6 The New Republic (1776-1820) Chapter 7 Liberty, Constitutionalism, and Moderation: The Political Thought of George Washington Chapter 8 John Adams and the Republic of Laws Chapter 9 Legitimate Government, Religion, and Education: The Political Philosophy of Thomas Jefferson Chapter 10 The Political Science of James Madison Chapter 11 Alexander Hamilton on the Strategy of American Free Government Chapter 12 America's Modernity: James Wilson on Natural Law and Natural Rights Chapter 13 Anti-Federalist Political Thought: Brutus and Federal Farmer Chapter 14 The New Constitutionalism of Publius Chapter 15 Union, Constitutionalism, and the Judicial Defense of Rights: John Marshall Part 16 A Divided Nation (1820-1865) Chapter 17 John Quincy Adams on Principle and Practice Chapter 18 Union and Liberty: The Political Thought of Daniel Webster Chapter 19 Henry Clay and the Statesmanship of Compromise Chapter 20 John C. Calhoun and the Reexamination of American Democracy Chapter 21 The Art of the Judge: Justice Joseph Story and the Founders' Constitution Chapter 22 James Fenimore Cooper: Nature and Nature's God Chapter 23 Religion, Nature, and Disobedience in the Thought of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau Chapter 24 "Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land": Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and the Abolition of Slavery Chapter 25 Abraham Lincoln: The Moderation of a Democratic Statesman Part 26 Growth of an Empire (1865-1945) Chapter 27 Feminism as an American project: The Political Thought of Elizabeth Cady Stanton Chapter 28 Mark Twain on the American Character Chapter 29 Pricking the Bubble of Utopian Sentiment: The Political Thought of William Graham Summer Chapter 30 Booker T. Washington and the "Severe American Crucible" Chapter 31 Co-workers in the Kingdom of Culture: W. E. B. Du Bois's Vision of Race Synthesis Chapter 32 Henry Adams and Our Ancient Faith Chapter 33 Jane Addams as Civic Theorist: Struggling to Reconcile Competing Claims Chapter 34 Herbert Croly's Progressive "Liberalism" Chapter 35 Theodore Roosevelt and the Stewardship of the American Presidency Chapter 36 Woodrow Wilson, the Organic State, and American Republicanism Chapter 37 The Making of the Modern Supreme Court: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., and Louis D. Brandeis Chapter 38 John Dewey's Alternative Liberalism Chapter 39 Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Second Bill of Rights Part 40 New Challenges at Home and Abroad (1945-present) Chapter 41 Ayn Rand: Radical for Capitalism Chapter 42 Walker Percy's American Thomism Chapter 43 The Political Thought of Russell Kirk Chapter 44 The Two Revolutions of Martin Luther King, Jr. Chapter 45 Malcolm X: From Apolitcal Acolyte to Political Preacher Chapter 46 Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem: The Popular Transformation of American Feminism inthe Late Twentieth Century Chapter 47 John Rawls's "Democratic" Theory of Justice Chapter 48 Henry Kissinger: The Challenge of Statesmanship in Liberal Democracy Chapter 49 Irving Kristol and the Reinvigoration of Bourgeois Republicanism Chapter 50 The Jurisprudence of William Joseph Brennan, Jr., and Thurgood Marshall Chapter 51 The Textualist Jurisprudence of Antonin Scaliashow more

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This collection of forty-five separately authored essays of fifty-five American political thinkers is at once diverse and unified. While this collection establishes a consensual Lockean philosophical founding, this founding, despite its internal tensions, is a philosophically articulate and coherent set of principles that underwrite the American regime of liberty. Hisory of Political Thought Frost and Sikkenga have done a great service for students and teachers of American political thought in editing this massive volume. Highly recommended. CHOICEshow more

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