The basis of our nation's law and government, the Constitution is America's most important political and social document. This convenient and inexpensive reference contains not only the Constitution's main text and amendments but also a wealth of background information. Supplements include selecte... read more
Selected Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, Bob Blaisdell Almost half of the original 85 brilliant essays, comprising a masterful exposition and defense of the proposed federal system of government and of the Constitution's system of checks and balances.
Common Sense by Thomas Paine First published in January of 1776, this highly influential landmark document clearly and persuasively argued for American separation from Great Britain and paved the way for the Declaration of Independence. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
Liberty and the News by Walter Lippmann, Robert McChesney Written in the aftermath of World War I, this essay by the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist remains relevant in its denunciation of media bias, particularly in terms of wartime propaganda.
Great Inaugural Addresses by James Daley This collection features the voices of 20 Chief Executives, from Washington's 1789 oration to Obama's 2009 speech. A reference for students of political science and an inspiration for readers of every political persuasion.
An Abraham Lincoln Tribute: Featuring Woodcuts by Charles Turzak by Charles Turzak, Bob Blaisdell, Bob Blaisdell, David A. Beronš This handsome hardcover volume features 36 striking woodcut images of scenes from Lincoln's life by a noted artist of the 1930s. An appendix includes some of the president's speeches, letters, and quotations.
The Essential Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson, John Dewey This extraordinary primer offers a superb survey of Jeffersonian thought. It features writings on political and economic philosophy, morals and religion, intellectual freedom and progress, education, secession, slavery, and more.
Famous Documents and Speeches of the Civil War by Bob Blaisdell Key documents and memorable speeches include the Gettysburg Address, Lee's "Farewell to the Army of Northern Virginia," plus campaign reports, private letters, and more. A must for buffs!
Congressional Government: A Study in American Politics by Woodrow Wilson, Walter Lippmann This remarkable work of scholarship addresses the difficulties inherent in the American Constitution's separation of legislative and executive powers. The future president's first book contains the essence of his political reasoning.
Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson Detailed account of this man's remarkable life: as governor of Virginia, years in Paris, as Washington's secretary of state, life in retirement, more. First draft of the Declaration of Independence is included.
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates by Abraham Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas Complete texts for all 7 debates between the incumbent Democratic senator from Illinois and the 1858 nominee of the infant Republican party, plus a major speech by each.
Discourse on the Origin of Inequality by Jean-Jacques Rousseau A powerful, passionate explanation of the roots of social inequality, Rousseau's Discourse influenced virtually every major philosopher of the Enlightenment. It remains among the 18th-century's most provocative and frequently studied works.
On the Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau A milestone of political science, Rousseau's 1762 work argues that all government is fundamentally flawed and that modern society is rife with inequality. He proposes an alternative system for the development of self-governing, self-disciplined citizens.
The World's Great Speeches: Fourth Enlarged (1999) Edition by Lewis Copeland, Lawrence W. Lamm, Stephen J. McKenna Nearly 300 speeches provide public speakers with a wealth of quotes and inspiration, from Pericles' funeral oration and William Jennings Bryan's "Cross of Gold" speech to Malcolm X's powerful words on the Black Revolution. Includes 7 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
Rights of Man by Thomas Paine Highly influential statement of faith in democracy and egalitarianism helped pave the way for social security for workers, public employment for those in need of work, abolition of laws limiting wages, other reforms.
Great Speeches by Franklin Delano Roosevelt Includes 27 masterly speeches: First Inaugural Address, message to Congress after Pearl Harbor ("a day that will live in infamy"), Fireside Chats, Fourth Inaugural Address, many more. Includes a selection from the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin Charming self-portrait covers boyhood, work as a printer, political career, scientific experiments, much more. Its openness, honesty, and readable style have made the Autobiography one of the great classics of the genre.
Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant by Ulysses Simpson Grant Intelligent, deeply moving firsthand account of Civil War campaigns, considered by many the finest military memoirs ever written. Includes Grant's letters to his wife, photographs by Mathew Brady, maps, more.
Great Speeches by Abraham Lincoln Masterly orations and letters. "House Divided" speech (1858), First Inaugural Address (1861), Gettysburg Address (1863), Letter to Mrs. Bixby (1864), Second Inaugural Address (1865), 11 others. Includes 2 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
The Common Law by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Only paperback edition of great legal classic. Lucid, accessible coverage of liability, criminal law, torts, contracts, more, from historical perspective. New introduction by Sheldon M. Novick. Table of Cases.
The Nature of the Judicial Process by Benjamin N. Cardozo In this legal classic, a former Associate Supreme Court Justice explains the conscious and unconscious processes by which a judge decides a case and the ways rulings are guided and shaped.
The basis of our nation's law and government, the Constitution is America's most important political and social document. This convenient and inexpensive reference contains not only the Constitution's main text and amendments but also a wealth of background information. Supplements include selected "Federalist Papers," consisting of memoranda by James Madison, the "Father of the Constitution," as well as speeches by John Jay and Patrick Henry and remarks by Alexander Hamilton. Highlights from the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia include spirited debates on suffrage, executive power, slavery, and other subjects vital to the founding of a nation. In addition, correspondence between the Founding Fathers — including letters from Madison to George Washington and from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson — offers a glimpse at the personalities behind the historic events. Includes 2 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
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