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Democratic Experiment New Directions in American Political History

ISBN-10: 0691113777
ISBN-13: 9780691113777
Edition: 2004
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Description: In a series of fascinating essays that explore topics in American politics from the nation's founding to the present day ,The Democratic Experimentopens up exciting new avenues for historical research while offering bold claims about the tensions  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/12/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342

In a series of fascinating essays that explore topics in American politics from the nation's founding to the present day ,The Democratic Experimentopens up exciting new avenues for historical research while offering bold claims about the tensions that have animated American public life. Revealing the fierce struggles that have taken place over the role of the federal government and the character of representative democracy, the authors trace the contested and dynamic evolution of the national polity. The contributors, who represent the leading new voices in the revitalized field of American political history, offer original interpretations of the nation's political past by blending methodological insights from the new institutionalism in the social sciences and studies of political culture. They tackle topics as wide-ranging as the role of personal character of political elites in the Early Republic, to the importance of courts in building a modern regulatory state, to the centrality of local political institutions in the late twentieth century. Placing these essays side by side encourages the asking of new questions about the forces that have shaped American politics over time. An unparalleled example of the new political history in action, this book will be vastly influential in the field. In addition to the editors, the contributors are Brian Balogh, Sven Beckert, Rebecca Edwards, Joanne B. Freeman, Richard R. John, Ira Katznelson, James T. Kloppenberg, Matthew D. Lassiter, Thomas J. Sugrue, Michael Vorenberg, and Michael Willrich.

William J. Novak is associate professor of history at the University of Chicago.

Julian E. Zelizer is professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. His most recent books include "Jimmy Carter", "Arsenal of Democracy", and "The Presidency of George W. Bush" (Princeton). He writes a weekly column for CNN.com and Politico and has written for the "New York Times", the "Washington Post", and many other publications.

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Acknowledgments
The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History
Explaining the Unexplainable: The Cultural Context of the Sedition Act
Affairs of Office: The Executive Departments, the Election of 1828, and the Making of the Democratic Party
The Legal Transformation of Citizenship in Nineteenth-Century America
Bringing the Constitution Back In: Amendment, Innovation, and Popular Democracy during the Civil War Era
Democracy in the Age of Capital: Contesting Suffrage Rights in Gilded Age New York
Domesticity versus Manhood Rights: Republicans, Democrats, and "Family Values "Politics, 1856-1896
The Case for Courts: Law and Political Development in the Progressive Era
"Mirrors of Desires": Interest Groups, Elections, and the Targeted Style in Twentieth-Century America
Pocketbook Politics: Democracy and the Market in Twentieth-Century America
The Uneasy Relationship: Democracy, Taxation, and State Building since the New Deal
All Politics Is Local: The Persistence of Localism in Twentieth-Century America
Suburban Strategies: The Volatile Center in Postwar American Politics
From Hartz to Tocqueville: Shifting the Focus from Liberalism to Democracy in America
The Possibilities of Analytical Political History
Index

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