The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History

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Oktober 2003



"On rare occasions, an anthology comes along that reshapes scholarship in an entire field. "The Democratic Experiment" shows how to join culture and class, elections and the growth of the state, taxes and political theory into a fresh, unromantic understanding of power in the public sphere. With this splendid volume, a new political history has finally come of age."--Michael Kazin, author of "The Populist Persuasion: An American History""Political history is back. In a whirlwind of pent-up energy, this volume announces that questions about governmental capacity, suffrage and citizenship, sedition, constitutional amendment, court reform, inflation and consumerism, interest group electioneering, local government experimentation, antitax and antibussing revolts, the role of liberalism, and the partisan politics of family values are (and must be) on the agenda of historians. Its long-awaited return from the desert finds it better and stronger, more nuanced and inclusive, than before its exile. Readers will rejoice."--Elizabeth Sanders, author of "Roots of Reform: Farmers, Workers, and the American State 1887-1917""Those who have wondered what the future holds for American political history need wonder no more. In form and exposition, in theory and practice, "The Democratic Experiment" gives all the notice one could want of the exciting new directions that the genre is taking, and introduces the scholars who are leading its renewal."--Christopher Tomlins, American Bar Foundation, Chicago"This superb collection of essays bring a welcome sophistication to the historical study of American politics--its culture and institutions."--Joyce Appleby, author of "Inheriting the Revolution: The First Generation of Americans""This is a terrific book--ambitious, iconoclastic, elegant, persuasive, exciting. The authors aim to reorient historians, rope in political scientists, and--at their most ambitious--reread America. They succeed on nearly every dimension. E


CONTRIBUTORS ix ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xiii CHAPTER ONE The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History by Meg Jacobs and Julian E. Zelizer 1 CHAPTER TWO Explaining the Unexplainable: The Cultural Context of the Sedition Act by Joanne B. Freeman 20 CHAPTER THREE Affairs of Office: The Executive Departments, the Election of 1828, and the Making of the Democratic Party by Richard R. John 50 CHAPTER FOUR The Legal Transformation of Citizenship in Nineteenth-Century America by William J. Novak 85 CHAPTER FIVE Bringing the Constitution Back In: Amendment, Innovation, and Popular Democracy during the Civil War Era by Michael Vorenberg 120 CHAPTER SIX Democracy in the Age of Capital: Contesting Suffrage Rights in Gilded Age New York by Sven Beckert 146 CHAPTER SEVEN Domesticity versus Manhood Rights: Republicans, Democrats, and "Family Values "Politics,1856-1896 by Rebecca Edwards 175 CHAPTER EIGHT The Case for Courts: Law and Political Development in the Progressive Era by Michael Willrich 198 CHAPTER NINE "Mirrors of Desires":Interest Groups, Elections, and the Targeted Style in Twentieth-Century America by Brian Balogh 222 CHAPTER TEN Pocketbook Politics: Democracy and the Market in Twentieth-Century America by Meg Jacobs 250 CHAPTER ELEVEN The Uneasy Relationship: Democracy, Taxation, and State Building since the New Deal by Julian E. Zelizer 276 CHAPTER TWELVE All Politics Is Local: The Persistence of Localism in Twentieth-Century America by Thomas J. Sugrue 301 CHAPTER THIRTEEN Suburban Strategies: The Volatile Center in Postwar American Politics by Matthew D. Lassiter 327 CHAPTER FOURTEEN From Hartz to Tocqueville: Shifting the Focus from Liberalism to Democracy in America by James T Kloppenberg 350 CHAPTER FIFTEEN The Possibilities of Analytical Political History Ira Katznelson 381 INDEX 401


Meg Jacobs is Assistant Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. William Novak is Associate Professor of History at the University of Chicago and Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. He is the author of "The People's Welfare". Julian E. Zelizer is Associate Professor of Public Policy, Public Administration, and Political Science at the State University of New York at Albany. He is the author of "Taxing America".


"The present expansiveness and flexibility of political history are well represented in this collection of essays. The [book] should be quite useful in graduate seminars both general and topical."--Ronald P. Formisano, Journal of American History
EAN: 9780691113777
ISBN: 0691113777
Untertitel: 'Politics and Society in Twenti'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2003
Seitenanzahl: 464 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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