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CLASSICS IN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT is a readable and relatively brief collection of many of the most important readings in American government. This set of documents were written by revolutionaries, presidents, U.S. Supreme Court judges, historians, political scientists, journalists, and politicians-but all share the commonality of recognized importance. Each selection is generally acknowledged to be a major statement about some aspect of American government, hence their designation as "classics."
1. The Mayflower Compact.
2. The First American Feminist, Abigail Adams.
3. The Declaration of Independence.
4. The Constitution of the United States.
5. Explaining the Separation of Powers, James Madison.
6. Controlling Tyrannical Majorities, Alexis de Tocqueville.
7. An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution, Charles A. Beard.
8. An African-American''s Perspective on the Constitution, Thurgood Marshall.
Section I Review Questions.
Section II: FEDERALISM.
9. Defending A Republican Form of Government, James Madison.
10. The "Necessary and Proper" Clause, McCulloch v. Maryland.
11. Interpreting the "Commerce" Clause, Gibbons v. Ogden.
12. Dual Federalism, James Bryce.
13. The "Marble Cake" Theory of Federalism, Mortin Grodzins.
Section II Review Questions.
Section III: CIVIL LIBERTIES.
14. Incorporation of the First Amendment, Gitlow v. New York.
15. Extending the Right to Counsel to the State Courts, Gideon v. Wainwright.
16. Custodial Interrogations, Miranda v. Arizona.
17. Extending the Exclusionary Rule to the States'' Courts, Mapp v. Ohio.
18. The Good Faith Exception, Massachusetts v. Shepard.
19. Right to Privacy, Griswold v. Connecticut.
20. Legalizing Abortion, Roe v. Wade.
21. State Regulation of Abortion, Webster v. Reproductive Health Services.
22. Burning the American Flag, Texas v. Johnson.
Section III Review Questions.
Section IV: CIVIL RIGHTS.
23. Challenging the Status Quo, Frederick Douglas.
24. Separate But Equal Facilities, Plessy v. Ferguson.
25. Desegregating the Schools, Brown v. Board of Education.
26. Reapportionment and Equal Representation, Baker v. Carr.
Section IV Review Questions.
Section V: PUBLIC OPINION.
27. The Pseudo-Environment of Public Opinion, Walter Lippmann.
28. Polling the Public, George Gallup.
29. What Do Americans Really Believe?, James W. Prothro and Charles M. Grigg.
30. Leaders Mold and Influence Public Opinion, V. O. Key, Jr.
31. The Paranoid Style in American Politics, Richard Hofstader.
Section V Review Questions.
Section VI: POLITICAL PARTIES.
32. Urban Political Machines, Harold Gosnell.
33. Responsible Party Government, The American Political Science Association.
34. The Decline of Responsible Party Government, Morris Fiorina.
35. Electoral Bias of the Two-Party System, Maurice Duverger.
36. The Socialization of Conflict, E. E. Schattschneider.
37. The Emerging Republican Majority, Kevin Phillips.
Section VI Review Questions.
Section VII: ELECTIONS AND VOTERS.
38. Women and the Right to Vote, Susan B. Anthony.
49. Holding Your District, George Washington Plunkitt.
40. Selling Candidates as Products, Joe McGinniss.
41. Critical Realigning Elections, Walter Dean Burnham.
42. Dirty Politics, Kathleen Hall Jamieson.
Section VII Review Questions.
Section VIII: LOBBYISTS AND INTEREST GROUPS.
43.Controlling Factions, James Madison.
44. The Concurrent Majority, John C. Calhoun.
45. Defending Pluralist Politics, David B. Truman.
46. Attacking Pluralist Politics, Theodore J. Lowi.
Section VIII Review Questions.
Section IX: MASS MEDIA.
47. Language and Politics, George Orwell.
48. The Kennedy-Nixon TV Debates, Theodore H. White.
49. Pseudo-Events, Daniel Boorstin.
50. Political Symbols, Murray Edelman.
Section IX Review Questions.
Section X: THE CONGRESS.
51. Representing the Nation, Edmund Burke.
52. The Framers'' View of Representation, James Madison.
53. Congressional Government, Woodrow Wilson.
54. Popular Congressman and Unpopular Congress, Glenn R. Parker and Roger H. Davidson.
Section X Review Questions.
Section XI: THE PRESIDENCY.
55. Creating the Presidency, Alexander Hamilton.
56. The Prerogative Theory of the Presidency, Abraham Lincoln.
57. The Stewardship Theory of the Presidency, Theodore Roosevelt.
58. The Literalist Theory of the Presidency, William Howard Taft.
59. The Presidential Power to Persuade, Richard Neustadt.
60. The Two Presidencies, Aaron Wildavsky.
61. Executive Privilege, United States v. Nixon.
62. Suing the President, William Jefferson Clinton v. Paula Corbin Jones.
Section XI Review Question.
Section XII: THE SUPREME COURT.
63. Defending the Judiciary, Alexander Hamilton.
64. Establishing Judicial Review, Marbury v. Madison.
65. Defining the Court''s Jurisdiction, Ashwander v. Tennessee Valley Authority.
66. The Democratic Character of Judicial Review, Eugene Rostow.
67. The Least Dangerous Branch Indeed, Alexander M. Bickel.
Section XII Review Questions.
Section XIII: PUBLIC POLICY.
68. Bureaucracy and the Public Interest, Pendleton Herring.
69. The Case for Liberalism, Franklin D. Roosevelt.
70. The Case for Conservatism, Milton Friedman.
71. Street-Level Bureaucrats, Michael Lipsky.
72. Police Bureaucrats and Crime, James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling.
Section XIII Review Questions.
Section XIV: FOREIGN AND DEFENSE POLICY.
73. The Case for the Cold War � The Truman Doctrine, Harry S. Truman.
74. The Case for Preemptive War � The Bush Doctrine, George W. Bush.
Section XIV Review Questions.