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Portraits of American Politics

Portraits of American Politics - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0395885475

Cover of Portraits of American Politics 3RD 00 (ISBN 978-0395885475)
ISBN13: 978-0395885475
ISBN10: 0395885477
Edition: 3RD 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 2000
International: No

Portraits of American Politics - 3RD 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0395885475

Bruce Allen Murphy

ISBN13: 978-0395885475
ISBN10: 0395885477
Edition: 3RD 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 2000
International: No

Popular and compelling, this reader provides biographical accounts of key players in America's political history. The narratives in the text focus on individuals and the roles they play in political institutions and events, adding a human element to the American political scene.

Each of the seven chapters focuses on a different branch or function of the government. Documents provide thought-provoking and intimate accounts of politics in action that reveal details on how policy decisions are made, the personal choices of politicians, battles among members of Congress, and use of the media to win elections.

  • New! Sixty percent of the readings are new.
  • New! The text examines current political figures, including Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Alan Greenspan, Al Gore, and George W. Bush.
  • New! A chapter on civil rights and liberties covers the impact of political actors in four controversial issues: technology and privacy, gay rights, abortion, and affirmative action.
  • New! Expanded coverage of women in politics includes profiles of Hillary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Pat Schroeder.
  • New! Discussion questions follow each reading.
  • Key pedagogical features include an annotated table of contents, a topic correlation chart, chapter overviews, and introductions to readings.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Foundations and Federalism

1.1 A.J. Langguth, Independence 1776
1.2 Charles L. Mee, Jr., Ratification
1.3 Fred W. Friendly and Martha J.H. Elliott, A Nation of States: State's Rights vs. Natural Supremacy
1.4 Taylor Branch, The Freedom Riders
1.5 Jason DeParle, It Takes a Village to Reform Welfare

Chapter 2. The Presidency

2.1 Jane Mayer and Doyle McManus, The No-Hands Presidency
2.2 William Schneider, The In-Box President
2.3 Jacob Weinberg The Governor-President

Chapter 3. The Congress

3.1 Pat Schroeder, Congressional Bull
3.2 Jason DeParle, Newt's Fiercest Fight
3.3 Evan Thomas, et al., The Battle of '95
3.4 Michael Lewis, A Question of Honor
3.5 Peter Baker, The Train That Wouldn't Stop

Chapter 4. The Supreme Court

4.1 Anthony Lewis, Oral Argument
4.2 Richard Kluger, Arrival of the Superchief
4.3 Ethan Bronner, Battle for Justice
4.4 David J. Garrow, The Rehnquist Years
4.5 Jeffrey Rosen, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Clinton-Era Court

Chapter 5. The Bureaucracy and Public Policymaking

5.1 Randy Shilts, Priorities and Policymaking: The Early Years of the AIDS Epidemic
5.2 Rob Norton, In Greenspan We Trust
5.3 James Carroll, War Inside the Pentagon
5.4 Michael Winerip, Ken Starr Would Not Be Denied
5.5 Ann Blackman, Celebrity

Chapter 6. Parties, Campaigns, and Elections

6.1 George J. March, Clinton's Long March
6.2 Michael Barone, It's a Wet, Wet, Wet World
6.3 Richard L. Berke, The Gore Guide to the Future
6.4 Sam Howe Verhovek, Is There Room on a Republican Ticket for Another Bush?

Chapter 7. Civil Rights and Liberties

7.1 David G. Savage, Turning Right
7.2 Edward Lazarus, The Test of Sincerity
7.3 Jeffrey Toobin, Supreme Sacrifices

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