Politics, democracy, and the Supreme Court

essays on the frontier of constitutional theory
Author: Arthur Selwyn Miller
Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
ISBN: N.A
Category: Law
Page: 368
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Miller proposes that we focus our energies on the question of how the Constitution is to function in an era of rapid and fundamental social change. He introduces this provocative collection of essays with the observation that American constitutional theory has arrived at a dead-end, largely because it has been perceived as "constitutional law" rather than a form of political theory. He puts this view into sharp perspective by looking at what are in effect, three constitutions--the political, the economic, and the emergent corporate instrument. He analyzes important issues that confront the Supreme Court, policymakers, and theorists, such as the expansion of government control, the Court as a political mechanism, the power of corporations, politics and the First Amendment, the challenge of nuclear weapons, and questions relating to social justice, including equal protection and the right to employment.

The Urbanists, 1865-1915


Author: Dana F. White
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Urbanization
Page: 290
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Based on a reading of almost 6,000 entries from 37 periodicals published between the years 1865 and 1900, The Urbanists offers an insightful analysis of the development of an urban frame of mind. Drawing on the writings of such major figures of nineteenth-century and early-twentieth-century urban America as Frederick Law Olmsted, Daniel H. Burnham, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Robert E. Park, as well as their lesser-known contemporaries, the study combines a number of customarily specialized perspectives: those of the urban designer, the social scientist, the administrator, the politician, the reformer, and the general observer of the city scene. The most comprehensive collection of observations on the period's rapidly expanding urban world, as expressed by its own chroniclers in periodicals of the times, this study highlights the rise of urban self-consciousness into the twentieth century. The volume opens with a background chapter on civic concerns expressed during the two decades following the Civil War and proceeds to four chapters detailing the full range of urban affairs during the final fifteen years of the century. In addition, a series of shorter "interludes," each more narrowly focused, supplements the sweep of the periodical literature provided in the chapters with close-up readings from major texts of the era. In conclusion, the book suggests that the basic outlines of modern urban theory were set for subsequent generations by the first urbanists who emerged during the late 1800s. The most comprehensive first-hand account of urban change, this important contribution to urban studies will provide valued reading for students of U.S. and urban studies, American studies, city planning, landscape architecture, and public policy.

The Rhetoric of War

Training Day, the Militia, and the Military Sermon
Author: Marie L. Ahearn
Publisher: Praeger Pub Text
ISBN: N.A
Category: Psychology
Page: 217
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This comprehensive work explores the militia system and its role in the development of colonial New England. Ahearn contends that the militia and the military sermon created an atmosphere of Christian soldiery and warfare that exercised a powerful, long-lasting hold upon New Englanders. Ministers reinforced martial drill and militancy in their sermons. The language and attitudes of warfare became part of the society. New England's military sermons deeply encoded the biblical language of Christian warfare into the patterns of everyday life and into the fabric of American consciousness; its influence continues to the present day. The study is organized into three major sections. The first part introduces the New England colonial institution of the part-time military, furnishing an overview of origins, organization, and operation. Part Two demonstrates the ways in which the tradition of aggressive martial discourse helped to galvanize colonists to militant resistance and prompted New England's aggressive responses to real or perceived enemies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The third part of the book addresses the main branchings in the pattern of martial argument in the third quarter of the eighteenth century, as well as three different strands of the military sermon. "The Rhetoric of War" is a unique study that will be of value to students of American history, religion, and rhetoric.

The Cambridge History of Law in America


Author: Michael Grossberg,Christopher Tomlins
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521803055
Category: History
Page: 739
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This volume covers American law from the earliest settlement and colonization of North America.

Business and Religion in the American 1920s


Author: Rolf Lundén
Publisher: Praeger Pub Text
ISBN: N.A
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 204
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Addressing a phenomenon that continues to shape our culture today, Professor Lunden presents a full-length analysis of the relationship between business and religion during the 1920s. He examines both the impact of the business mentality on Protestant institutions and values and the effects of religion on business. Beginning with a discussion of business and entrepreneurship as determining factors in the development of American society, Lunden looks at the position of the Protestant churches vis-a-vis business. He next explores business attitudes toward religion. Commenting on the adoption of specific Judeo-Christian concepts, religion. Commenting on the adoption of specific Judeo-Christian concepts, he describes both how these concepts were applied in a business context and what concessions were made by business when Protestant values came into conflict with those of the commercial world. In his final chapter he considers the implications of the business community's appropriation of religious functions and the widespread belief that its mission was linked to the redemption of society.

Abortion, Politics, and the Courts

Roe V. Wade and Its Aftermath
Author: Eva R. Rubin
Publisher: Praeger Pub Text
ISBN: N.A
Category: Law
Page: 254
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Examines the developments that led to a Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, explains how abortion became a political issue, and looks at how special interest groups have affected federal policy

On Native Grounds

An Interpretation Of Modern American Prose Literature
Author: Alfred Kazin
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 054426374X
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 564
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“With On Native Grounds [Kazin] takes his place in the first rank of American practitioners of the higher literary criticism” (The New York Times). An important historian of American literature, Alfred Kazin delivers an exhaustive—yet accessible—analysis of modernist fiction from the tail end of the Victorian period to the beginning of WWII. America’s golden age—from 1890 to 1940—included the work of Howells, Wharton, Lewis, Cather, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner. Their struggle for realism served as the basis for Kazin’s interpretation. Kazin’s debut was impressive in its scope for such a young author and became a part of his renowned trilogy of literary criticism, which also includes An American Procession and God the American Writer. “Not only a literary but a moral history . . . The best and most complete treatment we have.” —Lionel Trilling, The Nation

The Secret Constitution and the Need for Constitutional Change


Author: Arthur Selwyn Miller
Publisher: Greenwood
ISBN: N.A
Category: Law
Page: 179
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As we approach the third century in the life of our republic, some observers question whether the American Constitution, established in 1787, can effectively handle an increasing number of contemporary problems. Divided into two main parts, this volume represents a radical analysis of the Constitution in relation to major conflicts of modern society.

Supreme Court of the United States

A Bibliography
Author: George H. Rutland
Publisher: Nova Science Pub Incorporated
ISBN: N.A
Category: Law
Page: 227
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Although not as glamourous as the Presidency and not as raucous as Congress, the Supreme Court quietly wields more power and influence over life in the United States than the other two combined. There is not a facet of life in the US that the Supreme Court is not called upon sooner or later to offer an opinion about. This bibliography gathers important literature about the Supreme Court and provides access through subject groupings as well as author and subject indexes. Contents: General; History; Separation of Powers; Constitutional Law; Freedom of Religion; Judicial Process; Civil Rights; Justices; Freedoms; Judicial Power and Indexes.

The Social Christian Novel


Author: Robert Glenn Wright
Publisher: Greenwood
ISBN: N.A
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 188
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"Wright has exhumed the social Christian novel buried among post-Civil War protest fiction. Wright based his research on 145 novels and provides a reference guide in an `Annotated List of Social Christian Novels' appendix. These novels record the conflict within Protestantism between two visions of America's future: laissez-faire industrial progress and equitable distribution." American Literature

The golden sword

the coming of capitalism to the Colorado mining frontier
Author: Michael Neuschatz
Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
ISBN: N.A
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 301
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Modular America

Cross-cultural Perspectives on the Emergence of an American Way
Author: John G. Blair
Publisher: Praeger Pub Text
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 165
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While the attempt to understand Americanness in terms of our beliefs and mentality is all too familiar, Blair's approach to the origins of American culture opens up previously unexplored perspectives. Focusing on the uniquely American tendency to organize cultural artifacts out of component parts rather than structured wholes, he looks at the emergence of this phenomenon as it has affected cultural domains as diverse as manufacturing, architecture, education, and jazz. The significance of modularity opens new perspectives on American culture as a whole.

Whose God Rules?

Is the United States a Secular Nation or a Theolegal Democracy?
Author: N. Walker,E. Greenlee
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137002247
Category: Social Science
Page: 263
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This book demonstrates that the United States, whether we like it or not, is a theolegal nation - a democracy that simultaneously guarantees citizens the right to free expression of belief while preventing the establishment of a state religion.

Corporations and Society

Power and Responsibility
Author: Warren J. Samuels,Arthur Selwyn Miller
Publisher: Praeger Pub Text
ISBN: N.A
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 328
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This volume provides an interesting evaluation of the role of the corporation in American society. The book traces the historical role of the corporation. It discusses the corporation's obligations and influence in the policy-making process of government. "Business Library Newsletter" The year 1986 marked the 100th anniversary of one of the Supreme Court's most important decisions, in which it unanimously held that a business corporation was a person within the meaning of the Constitution, and thus entitled to constitutional protection. The decision, made almost casually, has had enormous impact on the development of the system of corporate capitalism in the United States. This collection of original essays, written by leading authorities from the fields of economics, law, history and political science, assesses the implications of the Supreme Court ruling from a variety of perspectives. The collected essays provide a thorough evaluation of the role of the corporation, and discusses its obligations, its influence in the policymaking process of government, and its internal structure as a political order.

American Exceptionalism

A Double-edged Sword
Author: Seymour Martin Lipset
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393316148
Category: History
Page: 352
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A study of American beliefs and how they shape our society notes how the typical citizen's commitment to such ideals as individualism, populism, and egalitarianism has led to ambivalent social practices.