A History of the U.S. Political System 3 volumes : Ideas, by Richard A. Harris, Daniel J. Tichenor

By Richard A. Harris, Daniel J. Tichenor

This reference source combines specified historic research, scholarly essays, and first resource files to discover the evolution of principles and associations that experience formed American govt and americans' political behavior.

• Over 50 members, together with a mixture of wonderful and state of the art political scientists and historians

• approximately 2 hundred fundamental resources, together with Federalist and Anti-Federalist writings, presidential speeches, and landmark superb court docket cases

• vintage engravings and political cartoons aligned with key classes in American political development

• Tables of presidents and congressional management and maps exhibiting electoral votes over time

• identify and topic indexes for every volume

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While Kenyon claims that most of the fears of the Anti-Federalists were little more than paranoid fantasies, other political scientists have argued that the Anti-Federalists were actually quite prescient with many of their criticisms. Indeed, while some of the Anti-Federalists’ worst fears have never come to pass, one could argue that American political development under the Constitution has actually followed, to a considerable degree, the predictions of the Anti-Federalists. When considering the proposed executive branch, Patrick Henry argued that the Constitution ‘‘squints towards monarchy,’’ insofar as the ‘‘President may easily become King’’ (Kenyon 1966, 257).

Poverty was the result not of personal or moral failure, but of powerful economic forces acting beyond their ability, or even the ability of their local and state government, to control. The challenge was to find a way to control those forces without sacrificing the individual. The New Deal created a set of entitlements for citizens, designed to protect them against the destructive variability of the market. The government need not guarantee happiness or success, but human decency requires that the costs of failure be minimized and that the basic tools for happiness be supplied.

1955. ’’ William and Mary Quarterly 12: 3--43. Kenyon, Cecilia, ed. 1966. The Antifederalists. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill. Ketcham, Ralph, ed. 1986. The Antifederalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates. New York: Mentor. Lienesch, Michael. 1988. New Order of the Ages: Time, the Constitution, and the Making of Modern American Political Thought. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Main, Jackson Turner. 1961. The Antifederalists. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

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