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100 Key Documents in American Democracy
100 Key Documents in American Democracy by Levy, Peter B. 0275965252 9780275965259
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100 Key Documents in American Democracy by Levy, Peter B.

This documentary collection traces the development and meaning of democracy in America from colonial times to the present. It includes classic writings and speeches such as Lincolns Gettysburg Address as well as lesser-known gems such as Fannie Lou Hamers testimony before the Credentials Committee of the Democratic Party convention and Cesar Chavezs Letter from Delano. Written or spoken by Presidents and ex-slaves, political theorists and poets, labor leaders and songwriters, Supreme Court justices and suffragettes, liberals and conservatives, these documents reflect the diversity and breadth of the American experience and the ongoing struggle to achieve the ideals on which the nation was founded. Forty-seven illustrations complement the text. The collection can be read as a succinct overview of American history and used as a reference or source book. The documents have been selected with the advice of a number of Americas leading scholars and teachers. Arranged by historical era, the collection begins with Powhatans Letter to John Smith and closes with Jesse Jacksons Common Ground and Common Sense. Each document is organized with a fact box, up-to-date commentary based on recent scholarship, and list of suggested readings. Nearly a fifth of the documents represent recent events in American history; women and minorities are well represented. Shorter documents are full text; longer ones have been judiciously edited by Professor Levy for the general reader. An appendix contains the full text of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States (including all the amendments). Markets for this work are school, public, and college and university libraries, and college courses on American history, American government and politics, and American political theory.

Author: Levy, Peter B.

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 528

Publisher: Praeger

Publication Date: 1999-03-30

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ISBN: 0275965252

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