American Government: Brief Version , Tenth Edition by James Q. Wilson

By James Q. Wilson

This well known short variation textual content for the one-semester or one-quarter American govt path continues the framework of Wilson's entire textual content, emphasizing the old improvement of the yankee political approach, who governs, and to what ends. thoroughly modern, AMERICAN govt, short model, 10th version deals new assurance of such key and rising matters because the 2010 campaigns and elections; management of President Obama and the 111th Congress; the industrial downturn and new guidelines to wrestle the challenge; healthcare reform; contemporary alterations to the splendid court docket; same-sex marriage; and the struggle in Afghanistan.

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The Antifederalist View The great issue before the state conventions was liberty, not democracy. The proponents of the new government called themselves the Federalists, implying that they, like many other people, strongly favored states’ rights. This left opponents of the new system with the unhappy choice of calling themselves Antifederalists, even though they were much more committed to strong states and a weak national government. The Antifederalists had a variety of objections, but they were united by the belief that liberty could be secure only in a small republic in which the rulers were physically close to—and closely checked by—the ruled.

Indeed, many British critics (and probably some Americans) felt that the Declaration was an unconvincing document. “All men” could not be created equal if most blacks were held in slavery. For whites, what did “equal” mean? Since people differ in ability, interests, and energy, how could they be called equal? The Declaration set out an ideal, but it was one with a history. Nearly a century earlier, in 1690, the English philosopher John Locke wrote Two Treatises of Government. In it he argued against the ancient view that no man is born free, that people cannot rule themselves because they lack the talents true rulers will have, and that tradition or God will select those rulers.

Cengage Learning reserves the right to remove additional content at any time if subsequent rights restrictions require it. The Constitutional Convention 15 Far away in Paris, Thomas Jefferson took a detached view: “A little rebellion now and then is a good thing,” he wrote. ”3 But many other leaders were aghast at the rebellion. Delegates who might otherwise have been reluctant to attend the Philadelphia meeting were galvanized by the fear that state governments were about to collapse from internal dissension.

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