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The Democratic Experiment : New Directions in American Political History - Meg Jacobs

The Democratic Experiment

New Directions in American Political History

By: Meg Jacobs (Editor), William J. Novak (Editor), Julian E. Zelizer (Editor)

Paperback Published: 12th October 2003
ISBN: 9780691113777
Number Of Pages: 464

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In a series of fascinating essays that explore topics in American politics from the nation's founding to the present day, "The Democratic Experiment" opens 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.

"The present expansiveness and flexibility of political history are well represented in this collection of essays. The [book] should be quite useful in graduate seminars both general and topical."--Ronald P. Formisano, Journal of American History

Contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political Historyp. 1
Explaining the Unexplainable: The Cultural Context of the Sedition Actp. 20
Affairs of Office: The Executive Departments, the Election of 1828, and the Making of the Democratic Partyp. 50
The Legal Transformation of Citizenship in Nineteenth-Century Americap. 85
Bringing the Constitution Back In: Amendment, Innovation, and Popular Democracy during the Civil War Erap. 120
Democracy in the Age of Capital: Contesting Suffrage Rights in Gilded Age New Yorkp. 146
Domesticity versus Manhood Rights: Republicans, Democrats, and "Family Values "Politics, 1856-1896p. 175
The Case for Courts: Law and Political Development in the Progressive Erap. 198
"Mirrors of Desires": Interest Groups, Elections, and the Targeted Style in Twentieth-Century Americap. 222
Pocketbook Politics: Democracy and the Market in Twentieth-Century Americap. 250
The Uneasy Relationship: Democracy, Taxation, and State Building since the New Dealp. 276
All Politics Is Local: The Persistence of Localism in Twentieth-Century Americap. 301
Suburban Strategies: The Volatile Center in Postwar American Politicsp. 327
From Hartz to Tocqueville: Shifting the Focus from Liberalism to Democracy in Americap. 350
The Possibilities of Analytical Political Historyp. 381
Indexp. 401
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ISBN: 9780691113777
ISBN-10: 0691113777
Series: Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 12th October 2003
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.6