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Stories of a Nation, The Essentials

Second Edition


January 2019 | CQ Press

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Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
PART I: FOUNDATIONS
 
1. AMERICAN POLITICAL STORIES: CLAIMING RIGHTS, DEMANDING TO BE HEARD
American Students Claim their Rights  
American Political Culture Is Built on a Set of Shared Ideas  
Politics and Political Action Set the Stage for Revolution  
The Structure of Institutions Affects How Citizens Participate  
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail Links the Challenge Against Racial Segregation to Core American Ideals  
Conclusion: The American Experiment, Continued, and You Are Part of It  
Chapter Review  
 
2. THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES: A NEW VISION OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT
James Madison Plans for a Republic That Will Last  
The Confederal System Made Coordination between the States Difficult  
Delegates Reach a Compromise at teh Constitutional Convention  
Delegates Worked Out Details of the New Government  
Federalists and Anti-Federalists Fought Over Ratification  
Conclusion: The Motives of the Framers and the Effects of the Constitution Are Still Being Debated  
Chapter Review  
 
3. FEDERALISM: THE CHANGING BOUNDARIES BETWEEN THE NATION AND THE STATES
The Fight for Access to Medical Marijuana Reveals Tensions between State and Federal Law  
The Constitution Divides Power between the Nation and the States  
For Much of American History the Boundaries between the Nation and the States Were Sharper Than They Are Today  
President Franklin Roosevelt's Response to the Great Depression Reshaped American Federalism  
Modern American Federalism Remains Cooperative But Faces Challenges  
Conclusion: The Evolution of American Federalism Continues  
Chapter Review  
 
4. CIVIL LIBERTIES: BUILDING AND DEFENDING FENCES
Standing Rock: Water Protectors Claim Their Rights and Freedoms in North Dakota  
Bill of Rights Established Protections for Americans' Civil Liberties  
The First Amendment's First Two Protections Both Involve Religion  
The First Amendment Also Protects Speech, Press, Assembly, and Petitioning the Government  
The Court Also Protects Individuals Involved with the Criminal Justice System  
The Ninth and Tenth Amendments Help Shape Freedoms in the Nation and Across the States  
Conclusion: Fences Still under Construction  
Chapter Review  
 
5. CIVIL RIGHTS: HOW EQUAL IS EQUAL?
Securing Rights for Americans with Disabilities  
Civil Rights Amendments Emerge from the Civil War - But Provide Only Imperfect Protection  
Challenges to Legal Segregation Face Successes and Failures  
Securing Civil Rights for American Women  
Americans Confront Overlapping Forms of Discrimination  
Conclusion: Have Americans' Civil Rights Been Secured?  
Chapter Review  
 
PART II: POLITICAL BEHAVIOR AND MASS POLITICS
 
6. POLITICAL PARTICIPATION: CARRY THAT WEIGHT
Two Perspectives on Campus Carry of Firearms in Response to Sexual Violence on College Campuses  
Political Participation Can Take Many Forms  
Voting and Not Voting  
Another Response to Campus Sexual Violence Highlights the Fluidity of Participation  
Are Young Adult Americans Really Disconnected From the Political Process?  
Conclusion: Carring the Weight of Self-Governance  
Chapter Review  
 
7. PUBLIC OPINION: HOW ARE AMERICANS' VOICES MEASURED, AND DO THEY MATTER?
Public Opinion May Be Moved by Important Events Like Ferguson  
Public Opinion Is the Sum Total of Individual Beliefs and Attitudes  
Public Opinion Is Transmitted and Measured In Several Ways  
Political Socialization and Political Ideology Shape Public Opinion  
Ferguson and the Effects of Public Opinion on Democratic Representation  
Conclusion: The Meaning of Public Opinion  
Chapter Review  
 
8. THE MEDIA: TRUTH, POWER, AND AMERICAN DEMOCRACY
Can a Foreign Government Change a Presidential Election? How Powerful Are the Media?  
The Evolution of American Media Shows That Issues of Power and Trustworthiness Are Not New  
Questions of Bias Challenge Americans' Trust in the Media's Objectivity  
Media Ownership and Content Are Subject to Regulation  
The Power of Media to Affect the Public Is Tested  
Conclusion: Navigating The News  
Chapter Review  
 
9. PARTIES: THE INSURGENTS VERSUS THE ESTABLISHMENT
Two Presidential Candidates Shake Up the Field...and Conventional Wisdom About the Power and Cohesion of their Parties  
Parties Act to Identify, Support, and Nominate Candidates for Elected Office  
Parties Provide Labels to Candidates to Assist Voters in Making Thier Choices  
The Presidential Election of 2016 Turns the Parties on Their Heads  
Political Polarization, Gridlock, and Two-Party Dominance Are the Defining Features of Parties in Government Today  
Conclusion: The Fallout  
Chapter Review  
 
10. CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS: CANDIDATES AND VOTERS IN AN ERA OF DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE
Presidential Candidates Address Latino Voters in 2016  
National Elections Serve to Hold Officials Accountable, But Regulating Them Is Not Always Easy  
Presidential Elections Have Many Stages and Moving Parts  
A First-Timer Runs for Congress, Wins, and Then Turns Towards Re-election  
The Details of Congressional Elections Differ by STate, But Many of the Rules Are the Same  
Conclusion  
Chapter Review  
 
11. INTEREST GROUPS AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS: COLLECTIVE ACTION, POWER, AND REPRESENTATION
A Housing Bubble Bursts...and Interests Groups Pop Out: How Wall Street Responded to a National Financial Crisis  
Americans Face Challenges in Acting Collectively in a Representative Democracy  
Interest Groups Vary by Type and Tactic  
Occupy Wall Street Illustrates the Struggles, Successes, and Failures of Social Movements  
Social Movements Employ Different Tactics from Interest Groups to Make Change and Educate  
Conclusion: Organizing in American Political Life  
Chapter Review  
 
PART III: INSTITUTIONS
 
12. CONGRESS: REPRESENTATION, ORGANIZATION, AND LEGISLATION
The Elections of 2018 Highlight the Connections Between Partisanship, Institutions, and Identities in Congress  
The Constitutions Defines Congress's Shape and Powers  
Congress Is Organized Around Formal and Informal Rules  
The Legislative Process Is Complex by Design  
Getting to Congress Involves Personal, Professional, Electoral, and Financial Factors  
Members Represent Constituents by How They Act and Who They Are  
Conclusion: The Complexity of Representation  
Chapter Review  
 
13. THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY: INDIVIDUALS, INSTITUTIONS, AND EXECTUTIVE POWER
One President's Wars: A Week in the Administration of Donald Trump  
The Constitutions OUtlines the Powers of the American Presidency  
Institutions and Other Informal Sources of Power Shape the Modern Executive Branch  
The President Has Several Tools for Unilateral Action  
Conclusion: The Paradox of Power  
Chapter Review  
 
14. THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY: PUTTING THE NATION'S LAWS INTO EFFECT
Federal Bureaucratic Action Consists of Many Actors and Evolves Over Time: Lessons from 21st Century Hurricanes  
Theories of Bureaucratic Organization Focus on Rules, People, and Tasks  
The Bureaucracy Has Developed In Response to Demands and Crises  
A Functioning Bureaucracy Depends Upon Effective Organization  
The Bureaucracy Is Constrained by Oversight and Reform  
Conclusion: What Does a "Good" Bureaucracy Look Like?  
Chapter Review  
 
15. THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY: POLITICS, POWER, AND THE "LEAST DANGEROUS" BRANCH
Judicial Nominees on "Trial": Politics and Supreme Court Confirmations  
The Constitution Casts the Judiciary as the Weakest Branch  
The "Trial" of John Marshall Established the Principle of Judicial Review  
The American Legal System Is Defined by Federalism  
Judicial Review Raises Quetions of Constitutional Interpretation and Judicial Decision Making  
Conclusion: The Trail of the Supreme Court Continues  
Chapter Review  
 
Appendix
 
Declaration of Independence
 
Constitution of the United States
 
Political Party Affiliations in Congress and the Presidency, 1789–2017
 
Summary of Presidential Elections, 1789–2016
 
Articles of Confederation
 
Glossary
 
Notes
 
Index

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