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Ellis, Richard (Richard J.)

Overview
Works: 31 works in 178 publications in 1 language and 12,002 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Political fiction  Sources  Trials, litigation, etc  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: JK1759, 323.650973
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Richard Ellis
To the flag : the unlikely history of the Pledge of Allegiance by Richard Ellis( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For over one hundred years, it has been deeply ingrained in American culture. Saluting the flag in public schools began as part of a national effort to Americanize immigrants, its final six words imbuing it with universal hope and breathtaking power. Now Richard Ellis unfurls the fascinating history of the Pledge of Allegiance and of the debates and controversies that have sometimes surrounded it. For anyone who has ever recited those thirty-one words, To the Flag provides an unprecedented historical perspective on recent challenges to the Pledge. As engaging as it is informative, it traces the story from the Pledge's composition by Francis Bellamy in 1892 up to the Supreme Court's action in 2004 regarding atheist Michael Newdow's objection to the words "under God". Ellis is especially good at highlighting aspects of this story that might not be familiar to most readers: the schoolhouse flag movement, the codification of the Pledge at the First National Flag Conference in 1923, changing styles of salute, and the uses of the Pledge to quell public concerns over sundry strains of radicalism. Created against the backdrop of rapid immigration, the Pledge has continued for over a century to be injected into American politics at times of heightened anxiety over the meaning of our national identity. Ellis analyzes the text of the Pledge to tell how the very words "indivisible" and "allegiance" were intended to invoke Civil War sentiments-and how "with liberty and justice for all" forms a capsule expression of the American creed. He also examines the introduction of "under God" as an anti-Communist declaration in the 1950s, demonstrating that the phrase is not mere ceremonial Deism but rather a profound expression of what has been called America's "civil religion." The Pledge has inspired millions but has also been used to promote conformity and silence dissent-indeed its daily recitation in schools and legislatures tells us as much about our anxieties as a nation as they do about our highest ideals. Ellis reveals how, for over a century, those who have been most fearful about threats to our national identity have often been most insistent on the importance of patriotic rituals. Indeed, by addressing this inescapable paradox of our civic life, Ellis opens a new and unexpected window on the American soul
Democratic delusions : the initiative process in America by Richard Ellis( Book )

7 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American political cultures by Richard Ellis( Book )

21 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work challenges the thesis first formulated by de Tocqueville and later systematically developed by Louis Hartz, that American political culture is characterized by a consensus on liberal capitalist values. Ranging over three hundred years of history and drawing upon the seminal work anthropologist Mary Douglas, Richard Ellis demonstrates that American history is best understood as a contest between five rival political cultures: egalitarian community, competitive individualism, hierarchical collectivism, atomized fatalism, and autonomous hermitude
Cultural theory by M Thompson( Book )

12 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Intellectually based on the work of anthropologist Mary Douglas, this volume presents a typology of five ways of life - egalitarianism, fatalism, individualism, hierarchy and autonomy - to serve as an analytic tool in examining people, culture and politics
Dilemmas of presidential leadership from Washington through Lincoln by Richard Ellis( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dark side of the Left : illiberal Egalitarianism in America by Richard Ellis( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why do people who identify themselves as liberal or egalitarian sometimes embrace intolerance or even preach violence? Illiberalism has come to be expected of the right in this country; its occurrence on the left is more paradoxical but no less real. In this book, Richard J. Ellis examines the illiberal tendencies that have characterized egalitarian movements throughout American history, from the radical abolitionists of the 1850s to the New Left activists of the 1960s. He also takes on contemporary radical feminists like Catharine MacKinnon and radical environmental groups like Earth First to show that, even today, many of the American left's sacred cows have cloven hooves. He explains how orthodoxy arises within a group from the need to maintain distance from a society it views as hopelessly corrupt, and how individuals committed to egalitarian causes are particularly susceptible to illiberalism - even poets like Walt Whitman, who celebrated the common people but often expressed contempt for their mundane lives. Political correctness, idealizing the oppressed, and an affinity for authoritarian and charismatic leaders are all parts of what Ellis calls "the dark side of the left."
Debating the presidency : conflicting perspectives on the American executive by Richard Ellis( Book )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2018 in English and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presidential performance, the Electoral College, and the balance of power between Congress and the president are discussed in every presidency text. But now you can expose your students to alternate points of view on these critical topics, incisively argued by todays leading presidential scholars. Moving far beyond a broad synthesis of the literature, this provocative reader will actively engage your students with conflicting perspectives, inspiring spirited debate beyond the pages of the book. Each pro and con essay--written in the form of a debate resolution--offers a compelling yet concise view on the most pivotal issues facing the modern presidency: whether the framers of the Constitution would approve of the modern presidency, the media scrutinize the president too much, or the president is a better representative of the people than Congress. Ellis and Nelson introduce each pair of pro/con essays, giving students context and preparing them to read each argument critically, so they can decide for themselves which side of the debate they find most persuasive
Presidential lightning rods : the politics of blame avoidance by Richard Ellis( Book )

8 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Speaking to the people : the rhetorical presidency in historical perspective( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presidential travel : the journey from George Washington to George W. Bush by Richard Ellis( Book )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this first book-length study of the history of presidential travel, Richard Ellis explores how travel has reflected and shaped the changing relationship between American presidents and the American people. Tracing the evolution of the president from First Citizen to First Celebrity, he spins a lively narrative that details what happens when our leaders hit the road to meet the people." "Presidents, Ellis shows, have long placed travel at the service of politics: Rutherford "the Rover" Hayes visited thirty states and six territories and was the first president to reach the Pacific, while William Howard Taft logged an average of 30,000 rail miles a year. Unearthing previously untold stories of our peripatetic presidents, Ellis also reveals when the public started paying for presidential travel, why nineteenth-century presidents never left the country, and why earlier presidents - such as Andrew Jackson, once punched in the nose on a riverboat - journeyed without protection." "Ellis marks the fine line between accessibility and safety, from John Quincy Adams skinny-dipping in the Potomac to George W. clearing brush in Crawford. Particularly important, Ellis notes, is the advent of air travel. While presidents now travel more widely, they have paradoxically become more remote from the people, as Air Force One flies over towns through which presidential trains once rumbled to rousing cheers. Designed to close the gap between president and people, travel now dramatizes the distance that separates the president from the people and reinforces the image of a regal presidency."--BOOK JACKET
Judging the Boy Scouts of America : gay rights, freedom of association, and the Dale case by Richard Ellis( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As Americans, we cherish the freedom to associate. However, with the freedom to associate comes the right to exclude those who do not share our values and goals. What happens when the freedom of association collides with the equally cherished principle that every individual should be free from invidious discrimination? This is precisely the question posed in Boy Scouts of America v. James Dale, a lawsuit that made its way through the courts over the course of a decade, culminating in 2000 with a landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Judging the Boy Scouts of America, Richard J. Ellis tells the fascinating story of the Dale case, placing it in the context of legal principles and precedents, Scouts policies, gay rights, and the "culture wars" in American politics. The story begins with James Dale, a nineteen-year old Eagle Scout and assistant scoutmaster in New Jersey, who came out as a gay man in the summer of 1990. The Boy Scouts, citing their policy that denied membership to "avowed homosexuals," promptly terminated Dale's membership. Homosexuality, the Boy Scout leadership insisted, violated the Scouts' pledge to be "morally straight." With the aid of the Lambda Legal Defense Fund, Dale sued for discrimination. Ellis tracks the case from its initial filing in New Jersey through the final decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of the Scouts. In addition to examining the legal issues at stake, including the effect of the Supreme Court's ruling on the law of free association, Ellis also describes Dale's personal journey and its intersection with an evolving gay rights movement. Throughout he seeks to understand the puzzle of why the Boy Scouts would adopt and adhere to a policy that jeopardized the organization's iconic place in American culture--and, finally, explores how legal challenges and cultural changes contributed to the Scouts' historic policy reversal in May 2013 that ended the organization's ban on gay youth (though not gay adults)"--
Culture matters : essays in honor of Aaron Wildavsky( Book )

8 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Politics, policy, and culture by Dennis J Coyle( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new set of original case studies is designed to offer an empirical counterpart to Cultural Theory (Westview, 1990), the landmark statement of political culture theory authored by Michael Thompson, Richard Ellis, and Aaron Wildavsky, and to extend and challenge the analysis developed there. Here, the theoretical concepts laid out in that book are operationalized and applied in textbook fashion to key areas in methodology, public policy, and history. Highlights include essays on risk perception, environmental regulation, and mental health policies and a never-before-published piece on "Culture, Rationality, and Violence," by Sun-Ki Chai and Aaron Wildavsky
Founding the American presidency( Book )

6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At a time when the institution of the presidency seems in a state of almost permanant crisis, it is particularly important to understand what sort of an institution the framers of the Constitution thought they were creating. Founding the American Presidency offers a first-hand view of the minds of the founders by bringing together extensive selections from the constitutional convention in Philadelphia as well as representative selections from the subsequent debates over ratification. Pointed discussion questions provoke students to consider new perspectives on the presidency. Ideal for all cou
Debating reform : conflicting perspectives on how to fix the American political system by Richard Ellis( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As much as policy topics like abortion and same-sex marriage elicit spirited reactions from your students, aren't you looking for ways to get them out of their partisan corners? Ellis and Nelson have found that debating concrete proposals for reforming the political system encourages undergraduates to leave ideology behind and instead sift through competing claims and evidence
Judging executive power : sixteen Supreme Court cases that have shaped the American presidency( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George W. Bush's presidency has helped accelerate a renewed interest in the legal or formal bases of presidential power. It is now abundantly clear that presidential power is more than the sum of bargaining, character, and rhetoric. Presidential power also inheres in the Constitution or at least assertions of constitutional powers. Judging Executive Power helps to bring the Constitution and the courts back into the study of the American presidency by introducing students to sixteen important SupremeCourt cases that have shaped the power of the American presidency. The cases selected include th
The development of the American presidency by Richard Ellis( Book )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A full understanding of the institution of the American presidency requires us to examine how it developed from the founding to the present. This development lens, analyzing how historical turns have shaped the modern institution, allows for a richer, more nuanced understanding beyond the current newspaper headlines. The Development of the American Presidency pays great attention to that historical weight but is organized by the topics and concepts relevant to political science, with the constitutional origins and political development of the presidency its central focus."--Page [4] of cover
The culture wars by other means : environmental attitudes and cultural biases in the Pacific Northwest by Richard Ellis( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our nig : or, sketches from the life of a free black, in a two-story white house, North : showing that slavery's shadows fall even there by Harriet E Wilson( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1859, Our Nig is an autobiographical narrative that stands as one of the most important accounts of the life of a black woman in the antebellum North. In the story of Frado, a spirited black girl who is abused and overworked as the indentured servant to a New England family, Harriet E. Wilson tells a heartbreaking story about the resilience of the human spirit
History of Thornbury Castle by Richard Ellis( Book )

5 editions published in 1839 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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To the flag : the unlikely history of the Pledge of Allegiance
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Ellis R. J. 1960-....

Ellis, Richard

Ellis, Richard 1960-

Ellis, Richard J.

Ellis, Richard J. 1960-

Ellis, Richard (Richard J.)

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Democratic delusions : the initiative process in AmericaAmerican political culturesCultural theoryThe dark side of the Left : illiberal Egalitarianism in AmericaDebating the presidency : conflicting perspectives on the American executivePresidential lightning rods : the politics of blame avoidanceSpeaking to the people : the rhetorical presidency in historical perspectivePresidential travel : the journey from George Washington to George W. Bush