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American democracy : 21 historic answers to 5 urgent questions

Author: Nicholas Lemann
Publisher: New York, New York : Library of America, [2020] ©2020
Series: Library of America, Special Publication.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From The Federalist to Citizens United, bestselling author Nicholas Lemann presents key writings on five crucial questions confronting American democracy today. Amid the frenzied overload of 24-hour cable news and incessant social media, at a time when many of us fear for the future of our democracy, it is becoming harder and harder to think clearly about politics. American Democracy: 21 Historic Answers to 5 Urgent  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Lemann
ISBN: 9781598536621 1598536621
OCLC Number: 1136969536
Notes: "Essential writing from The Federalist to Citizens United" -- Cover.
Description: xx, 279 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Question 1. Citizenship : who are "we the people"? --
George Washington to the Hebrew congregation of Newport, Rhode Island / George Washington --
Fredrick Douglass: from What to the Slave is 4th of July? / Fredrick Douglass --
Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Solitude of self / Elizabeth Cady Stanton --
Henry Cabot Lodge: Speech in the Senate on immigration / Henry Cabot Lodge --
Question 2. Equality : how can it be achieved? --
Horace Mann: from Twelfth Annual Report to the Massachusetts Board of Education / Horace Mann --
Abraham Lincoln: Speech to the 166th Ohio Regiment / Abraham Lincoln --
Jane Addams: from The subtle problems of charity / Jane Addams --
W.E.B. Du Bois: from Black Reconstruction / W.E.B. Du Bois --
Question 3. A more perfect union : what is the government for? --
James Madison: The Federalist No. 51 / James Madison --
John Marshall: from Opinion for the Court in McCulloch v. Maryland / John Marshall --
Alexis de Tocqueville: from Democracy in America / Alexis de Tocqueville --
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Address to the Commonwealth Club of California / Franklin D. Roosevelt --
Paul Nitze et al.: from NSC-68: United States Objectives and Programs for National Security / Paul Nitze --
Question 4. The power of money : how to control it? --
Andrew Jackson: from Veto to the Bank Charter / Andrew Jackson --
Carl Schurz: from Address on Civil Service reform / Carl Schurz --
Theodore Roosevelt: The new nationalism / Theodore Roosevelt --
John Paul Stevens: From Dissent in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission / John Paul Stevens --
Question 5. Protest : can we disobey the law? --
Henry David Thoreau: from Civil disobedience / Henry David Thoreau --
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Letter from Birmingham Jail / Martin Luther King, Jr. --
Hannah Arendt: from Civil Disobedience / Hannah Arendt.
Series Title: Library of America, Special Publication.
Responsibility: Nicholas Lemann, editor.

Abstract:

From The Federalist to Citizens United, bestselling author Nicholas Lemann presents key writings on five crucial questions confronting American democracy today. Amid the frenzied overload of 24-hour cable news and incessant social media, at a time when many of us fear for the future of our democracy, it is becoming harder and harder to think clearly about politics. American Democracy: 21 Historic Answers to 5 Urgent Questions provides an alternative for those who want to step back and look to the past for inspiration and guidance. Edited with perceptive and provocative commentary by bestselling historian and journalist Nicholas Lemann (The Promised Land, Transaction Man), the book presents key writings from the American past that speak to five contemporary flashpoints in our political landscape: race, gender, immigration, and citizenship; opportunity and inequality; the purpose and powers of the federal government; money, special privilege, and corruption; and protest and civil disobedience. Some of the selections are well-known--George Washington's letter to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport, Frederick Douglass's "What to the Slave is the 4th of July," Martin Luther King Jr.'s letter from Birmingham Jail--while others will be new to many readers--Horace Mann argument for public schools as a means of fighting inequality, Jane Addams's perceptive analysis of gender and social class in charity work, Randolph Bourne envisioning a "Trans-National America." American Democracy presents a remarkable range of insightful and eloquent American political writing, while serving as an invaluable resource for concerned citizens who wish to become better-informed participants in the ongoing drama of our democracy.

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