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Ellis, Richard (Richard J.)

Overview
Works: 26 works in 141 publications in 1 language and 11,037 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Trials, litigation, etc  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
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 )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,789 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 697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American political cultures by Richard Ellis( Book )

18 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 675 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 625 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 )

7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 604 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( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and held by 549 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 )

6 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 )

9 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 306 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 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 249 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 )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 203 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( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Connecting classroom conversation directly to political institutions, students not only grapple with reform ideas but also join the discussion without the crutch of personal opinion. With pro and con pieces written specifically for this volume, readers consider and evaluate arguments from top scholars, thoughtfully exploring the ways government could work better
Judging executive power : sixteen Supreme Court cases that have shaped the American presidency( Book )

4 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 )

12 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our understanding of the politics of the presidency is greatly enhanced by viewing it through a developmental lens, analyzing how historical turns have shaped the modern institution. The Development of the American Presidency pays great attention to that historical weight but is organized topically and conceptually with the constitutional origins and political development of the presidency its central focus. Through comprehensive and in-depth coverage, this text looks at how the presidency has evolved in relation to the public, to Congress, to the Executive branch, and to the law, showing at every step how different aspects of the presidency have followed distinct trajectories of change. All the while, Ellis illustrates the institutional relationships and tensions through stories about particular individuals and specific political conflicts. Ellis's own classroom pedagogy of promoting active learning and critical thinking is well reflected in these pages. Each chapter begins with a narrative account of some illustrative puzzle that brings to life a central concept. A wealth of photos, figures, and tables allow for the visual presentations of concepts. A companion website not only acts as a further resources base - directing students to primary documents, newspapers, and data sources - but also presents interactive timelines, practice quizzes, and key terms to help students master the book's lessons
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 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evergreen review (1957-1973) and its relationship to contemporary American culture by Richard Ellis( )

1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Political Development of the American Presidency by Richard Ellis( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our understanding of the politics of the presidency is greatly enhanced by viewing it through a developmental lens, analyzing how historical turns have shaped the modern institution. The Development of the American Presidency pays great attention to that historical weight but is organized topically and conceptually with the constitutional origins and political development of the presidency its central focus. Through comprehensive and in-depth coverage, this text looks at how the presidency has evolved in relation to the public, to Congress, to the Executive branch, and to the law, showing at e
 
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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.

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Ellis, Richard (Richard J.)

Richard Ellis American photographer

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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