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Title:
The Democratic Experiment New Directions in American Political History
Author:
Zelizer, Julian E.
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9781400825820
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2003. (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
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1 online resource (xi, 421 p. )
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Book collections on Project MUSE.
Contents:
Democratic experiment: new directions in American political history / Explaining the unexplainable: the cultural context of the sedition act / Affairs of office: the executive departments, the election of 1828, and the making of the democratic party / Legal transformation of citizenship in nineteenth-century America / Bringing the constitution back in: amendment, innovation, and popular democracy during the Civil War era / Democracy in the age of capital: contesting suffrage rights in gilded age New York / Domesticity versus manhood rights: republicans, democrats, and "family values" politics, 1856-1896 / Case for courts: law and political development in progressive era / "Mirrors of desires": interest groups, elections, and the targeted style in twentieth-century America / Pocketbook politics: democracy and the market in twentieth-century America / Uneasy relationship: democracy, taxation, and state building since the New Deal / All politics is local: the persistence of localism in twentieth-century America / Suburban strategies: the volatile center in postwar American politics / From Hartz to Tocqueville: shifting the focus from liberalism to democracy in America / Possibilities of analytical political history
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In a series of fascinating essays that explore topics in American politics from the nation's founding to the present day , The Democratic Experiment opens up exciting new avenues for historical research while offering bold claims about the tensions that have animated American public life. Revealing the fierce struggles that have taken place over the role of the federal government and the character of representative democracy, the authors trace the contested and dynamic evolution of the national polity.


The contributors, who represent the leading new voices in the revitalized field of American political history, offer original interpretations of the nation's political past by blending methodological insights from the new institutionalism in the social sciences and studies of political culture. They tackle topics as wide-ranging as the role of personal character of political elites in the Early Republic, to the importance of courts in building a modern regulatory state, to the centrality of local political institutions in the late twentieth century. Placing these essays side by side encourages the asking of new questions about the forces that have shaped American politics over time. An unparalleled example of the new political history in action, this book will be vastly influential in the field.


In addition to the editors, the contributors are Brian Balogh, Sven Beckert, Rebecca Edwards, Joanne B. Freeman, Richard R. John, Ira Katznelson, James T. Kloppenberg, Matthew D. Lassiter, Thomas J. Sugrue, Michael Vorenberg, and Michael Willrich.


Table of Contents

Meg Jacobs and Julian E. ZelizerJoanne B. FreemanRichard R. JohnWilliam J. NovakMichael VorenbergSven BeckertRebecca EdwardsMichael WillrichBrian BaloghMeg JacobsJulian E. ZelizerThomas J. SugrueMatthew D. LassiterJames T Kloppenberg
Contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Chapter 1 The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political Historyp. 1
Chapter 2 Explaining the Unexplainable: The Cultural Context of the Sedition Actp. 20
Chapter 3 Affairs of Office: The Executive Departments, the Election of 1828, and the Making of the Democratic Partyp. 50
Chapter 4 The Legal Transformation of Citizenship in Nineteenth-Century Americap. 85
Chapter 5 Bringing the Constitution Back In: Amendment, Innovation, and Popular Democracy during the Civil War Erap. 120
Chapter 6 Democracy in the Age of Capital: Contesting Suffrage Rights in Gilded Age New Yorkp. 146
Chapter 7 Domesticity versus Manhood Rights: Republicans, Democrats, and "Family Values "Politics,1856-1896p. 175
Chapter 8 The Case for Courts: Law and Political Development in the Progressive Erap. 198
Chapter 9 "Mirrors of Desires":Interest Groups, Elections, and the Targeted Style in Twentieth-Century Americap. 222
Chapter 10 Pocketbook Politics: Democracy and the Market in Twentieth-Century Americap. 250
Chapter 11 The Uneasy Relationship: Democracy, Taxation, and State Building since the New Dealp. 276
Chapter 12 All Politics Is Local: The Persistence of Localism in Twentieth-Century Americap. 301
Chapter 13 Suburban Strategies: The Volatile Center in Postwar American Politicsp. 327
Chapter 14 From Hartz to Tocqueville: Shifting the Focus from Liberalism to Democracy in Americap. 350
Chapter 15 The Possibilities of Analytical Political History Ira Katznelsonp. 381
Indexp. 401