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Readings in American Government

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ISBN-10: 0534631711

ISBN-13: 9780534631710

Edition: 5th 2006

Authors: Steffen Schmidt, Mack C. Shelley, Erica Merkley

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Compiled and edited by Mack C. Shelley, Jamie Swift, and Steffen W. Schmidt, this reader is updated to include the latest issues in American political debate. You will find numerous readings that deal with controversial issues, legal conflicts, and ethical judgment calls directly related to academia and students. Some topics include diversity on trial, politicians on the web, campaign reform, and war in cyberspace. These topics will generate an exciting and productive debate on important issues facing Americans which will ultimately enhance students? critical thinking skills, the ability to engage in group or teamwork projects, active learning motivation, and communication skills, as well…    
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List price: $99.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 8/8/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836

Steffen W. Schmidt is a Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University. He grew up in Colombia, South America, and has studied in Colombia, Switzerland, and France. He obtained his Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York, in public law and government. Schmidt has published six books and over seventy articles in scholarly journals. He is also the recipient of numerous prestigious teaching prizes, including the Amoco Award for Lifetime Career Achievement in Teaching and the Teacher of the Year award. He is a pioneer in the use of Web-based and real-time video courses and is a member of the American Political Science Association�s section on Computers and Multimedia. He is on the…    

Introduction
The Democratic Republic
Speech by Illinois Senator Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, Boston, MA, July 27, 2004
Speech by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Republican National Convention, New York, NY, August 31, 2004
The Constitution?
The Politics of Gay Marriage?
Source: SEAS Consulting, ?Briefing Paper #38,? 2004
Massachusetts Constitutional Amendment on Gay Marriage, Massachusetts, February 11, 2004. President Calls for Constitutional Amendment Protecting Marriage, the White House, February 24, 2004
Federalism
Electoral College Reform? Yes?
Testimony of Curtis Gans, Director, Committee for the Study of the American Electorate, before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, September 4, 1997
Electoral College Reform? Not a Good Idea?
Testimony of Professor Judith A
Best, State University of New York at Cortland, before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, September 4, 1997
Electoral College Reform? Abolish It?
Testimony of Representative Ray LaHood, 18th District, Illinois, before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, September 4, 1997
Civil Liberties
Obscenity Issues?. Source: SEAS Consulting, 2004
ACLU Letter to the House of Representatives Commenting on H.R. 3717, the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004, March 2, 2004
Civil Rights: Equal Protection
The Caucus Corner: Hispanic Heritage Month?
A Proud History, A Bright Future, 108th Congressman Ciro D. Rodriguez, Chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, September 17, 2004
Commemorating 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education,? Speech of Hon
Barbara Lee of California in the House of Representatives, May 18, 2004
Civil Rights: Beyond Equal Protection
Recognizing the Achievements of Operation Respect, the ?Don?t Laugh at Me? Programs and Peter Yarrow, House of Representatives, April 29, 2003
The Supreme Court?s Review of the Execution of Child Offenders, Senate, March 2, 2004
Public Opinion and Political Socialization
Political Ignorance, Ilya Somin
Revised version of an article in the Newark Star Ledger
Public Opinion: Predicting Elections by Putting Real Money Where Your Political Opinions Are?
Interest Groups
South Florida Voters Over 65 Could Swing the Vote with Diverse Concerns, William E. Gibson, Washington Bureau Chief, October 16, 2004
Hispanic Vote Should Increase Focus Southward,? Andres Oppenheimer, the Miami Herald, November 4, 2004
The Crusade Against Evolution,? Evan Ratliff, Wired, October 2004
Is Intellegent Design Science or Creationism 2.0
Political Parties
I am a Democrat Now,? Marty Jezer, CommonDreams.org, January 23, 2004
Why I am a Republican,? Steven M. Warshawsky, AmericanDaily.com, August 31, 2004
Northrop: Green Party Pushes Good Governance,? Daryl A. Northrop, Des Moines Register, October 15, 2004
Satire: ?Why I am a Democrat,?
Campaigns, Candidates, and Elections
Speech by Senator John McCain, Republican, Arizona at the 2004 Republican National convention
Speech by former President Bill Clinton at the 2004 Democratic National Convention
The Media
Statements on Introduced Bills and Joint Resolutions, Senate, October 10, 2002
About the FCC, http://www.fcc.gov/aboutus.html
The Congress
Congress in American Society, the Center on Congress, Indiana University, October 2004
Congressional Ethics Complaint Against Rep
Tom DeLay, October 6, 2004, House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct
Congressman Crenshaw Praises Emergency Beach Renourishment Funding, Congressman?s Website, U.S. House of Representatives
The Presidency
How Kerry Became a Girlie-Man,?
Threaded Discussion on Senator John Kerry and Presiden