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American Political Rhetoric is the only reader designed for introductory classes in American politics and government that is both focused on fundamental political principles and includes nothing but classic examples of our nation's political rhetoric. There are selections from The Federalist, Washington, Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Abigail Adams, the Seneca Falls Declaration, Franklin Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, and many others. In addition, there are generous excerpts from leading Supreme Court opinions on race, gender, school prayer, abortion, the separation of powers, federalism, and other key political issues.

In American Political Rhetoric, Peter Lawler and Robert Schaefer contend that the study of politics is, first and foremost, for citizens, who learn best from considering the arguments put forward by our statesmen. The student enters into the controversy that animates political life, learning to form thoughtful opinions about basic political questions. Those opinions, in turn, form the foundation of the citizen's political activity in a democracy.

The fifth edition is updated throughout and includes new readings on the President and Congress, race, gender, and foreign policy.

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Peter Augustine Lawler is Dana Professor and chair of the Department of Government and International Studies at Berry College in Georgia. Robert Martin Schaefer is professor of political science and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Mobile in Alabama.

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With all of the discussion of the role of moral principles in the 2004 presidential election, the collection offered by Lawler and Schaefer is a must-read for students, politicians, and anyone else who is interested in the past, present, and future of American politics. In the midst of the heated talk about the divide between 'red states' and 'blue states' a forthright evaluation of the nature of American political argumentation is of the utmost importance. Lawler and Schaefer have shown great care in putting together selections that offer a wide variety of viewpoints, without lapsing into a banal moral relativism that is characteristic of so many other editions of this type. American Political Rhetoric takes one through the drama of American politics and clearly demonstrates that the art of politics is closely connected with the art of making an argument. And, as the readings demonstrate, there are rewards for making the right argument and profound consequences for making the wrong argument. (Brian Janiskee)

American Political Rhetoric engages students in thoughtful reflection on the classic modernity and historical development of the American polity. Students appreciate reading the primary texts for themselves and many of them leave the course wanting to delve deeper into the writings of our greatest statesmen and jurists. The material in this book is essential preparation for upper level courses in American politics. (John Ray)

Without question, the most comprehensive collection of political speeches and documents in one anthology (Denton, Robert E., Jr.)

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