Political Thought in America is based on the idea that there are three major languages or traditions of discourse that Americans have employed to interpret the national experience: biblical thought, republicanism, and liberalism, interpreted through the lens of two other languages conservatism and radicalism. The author s engaging style brings the American political experience to life with clarity and vision, immersing readers into the politics surrounding eleven great crises in our nation s history. Through the eyes of philosophers, writers, and orators of each period and the voices of commentators both historical and current, political theories are outlined in the context of the debates and conversations of the men and women who have struggled to extricate the nation from crisis. New to the fourth edition are an analysis of the impact of Barack Obama on contemporary American political discourse, recent developments in the war on terror, and a section on gay and lesbian protest. A new chapter has been added that discusses the phenomenon of globalization and its challenge to American exceptionalism. As in previous editions, each chapter ends with an insightful author commentary and contains an up-to-date and comprehensive bibliographical essay, along with a list of major works for each period. Titles of related interest available from Waveland Press: Arnhart, Political Questions: Political Philosophy from Plato to Rawls, Third Edition (ISBN 9781577662631); Levy, Political Thought in America: An Anthology, Second Edition (ISBN 9780881336887); and Riker, Liberalism against Populism: A Confrontation between the Theory of Democracy and the Theory of Social Choice (ISBN 9780881333671).
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"My students and I have enjoyed Abbott's text through all of its editions. It's an outstanding survey of the field that I use to prepare students for several original works. Among its strengths is that it explores the clash of ideas in the context of important crossroads in our history." -- Robert G. Egbert, Plymouth State University
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