Contemporary Readings in American Government

Contemporary Readings in American Government

Contemporary Readings in American Government

Contemporary Readings in American Government

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This collection of essays has the dual purpose of presenting a series of contemporary political issues while at the same time encouraging students to reflect on and analyze the political and social impact of these issues on the political system. To accomplish this purpose, the anthology is made up of an outstanding selection of contemporary articles, essays, and Supreme Court cases accompanied by pedagogical aids that direct the students' attention to the major concerns of politics.

Recognized scholars, journalists, jurists, and political officeholders have all been contributors to the volume. The anthology includes essays written from a number of perspectives. Each selection is thoughtfully written, insightful, and stimulating and should be understandable to all readers regardless of background. Thought-provoking descriptions and searching questions accompany each essay, pointing to the primary themes of the article and encouraging the reader to weigh the viewpoints presented and to draw his or her own conclusions about the problems posed.

The anthology is organized by topics rather than by themes. All the topics selected are found in virtually every standard American government textbook. Each topic is treated in a separate chapter, and each chapter is written as a complete, self-contained unit. This will allow the anthology not only to complement a primary textbook but also to become a valuable addition to basic American government courses regardless of the particular approach used in the course.

Anyone who has ever engaged in a project of this magnitude immediately realizes that the task could not be accomplished without the valuable assistance of others. We would like to thank our publisher, D. C. Heath and Company, and its editorial staff for valuable guidance and support in the preparation of the manuscript. We are grateful to the following people for their many helpful suggestions that guided us in the preparation of this volume: James Brooks, New Mexico State University; Marvin J. Folkerstma, Grove City College; and Ted Neima, Los Angeles Pierce College. We are also grateful for the sound advice offered by Larry Elowitz, Georgia College; Mark S. Frankel, Wayne State University; J. P. Heim, University of Wisconsin--La Crosse; William P. Kinney, Foothill College; Peter R. Manoogian, Pennsylvania State University; Ronald M. Mason, Southern Illinois University; Robert C. McIntire, Millikin University; William P. McLauchlan, Purdue University; and J. Douglas Nelson, Anderson College. In addition, we extend our thanks to Elizabeth Bottorff, who offered an invaluable student perspective in criticizing the readings selected. Finally, we would most sincerely like to thank our wives--Kathryn Daynes and Anne Tatalovich--for their criticisms of the manuscript, for their editing abilities, and most important, for their patience with us as we completed the project.

Byron W. Daynes Raymond Tatalovich . . .

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