We the People: An Introduction to American Politics (Ninth Essentials Edition)

We the People: An Introduction to American Politics (Ninth Essentials Edition)

Benjamin Ginsberg, Robert J. Spitzer

Language: English

Pages: 608

ISBN: 0393921107

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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We the People is the best text for showing students that politics is relevant to their lives and that political participation matters―especially in the digital age. Based on the full-length text, this low-priced, very brief text offers authoritative coverage of the core topics in American politics. New coauthor Caroline Tolbert brings expertise in political behavior to deep revisions of key chapters, and new Digital Citizens boxes highlight the role of new media in politics.

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and it nearly destroyed the Union. Although some delegates believed slavery to be morally wrong, an evil and oppressive institution that made a mockery of the ideals and values espoused in the Constitution, morality was not the issue that caused the framers to support or oppose the Three-Fifths Compromise. Whatever they thought of the institution of slavery, most delegates from the northern states opposed counting slaves in the distribution of congressional seats. Wilson of Pennsylvania, for

adopt bills of rights because their greater powers needed greater limitations. But almost immediately after the Constitution was ratified, a movement arose to adopt a national bill of rights. This is why the Bill of Rights, adopted in 1791, comprises the first 10 amendments to the Constitution rather than being part of the body of it. (We will have a good deal more to say about the Bill of Rights in Chapter 4.) THE CONSTITUTION 55 Executive over Legislative Legislative over Judicial Can veto

the same time, we realized that students needed guidance in how to become politically engaged. Beyond providing students with a core of political knowledge, we needed to show them how they could apply that knowledge as participants in the political process. The “Get Involved/Go Online” sections in each chapter help achieve that goal. As events from the last several years have reminded us, “what government does” can be a matter of life and death. Recent events have reinforced the centrality of

affairs, and net interest. **Estimate. 100 0 grants-in-aid programs through which Congress provides money to state and local governments on the condition that the funds be employed for purposes defined by the federal government 1950 1955 1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012** SOURCE: U.S. Budget for Fiscal Year 2013, Historical Tables, Table 12.2, www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BUDGET -2013-TAB/pdf/BUDGET-2013-TAB.pdf (accessed 6/10/12). W H O D O E S

their jobs for ingesting peyote, a cactus banned as an illegal drug. They claimed that they had been fired from their jobs unlawfully because the use of peyote was a religious sacrament protected by the free exercise clause. The Court disagreed with their claim in an important 1990 decision,25 but Congress supported the claim and went on to engage in an unusual controversy with the Court, involving the separation of powers and the proper application of the separation of church and state. Congress

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