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This reader provides substantial extracts from the core texts in
the field of American social and political thought. It demonstrates
the rich intellectual tradition of the United States, giving an
unparalleled understanding of American society and politics through
the reproduction of key writings from a wide variety of
The first part covers the core traditions of American social and
political thought--American Exceptionalism, Political Theology,
Republicanism, Liberalism, and Pragmatism. In the second part,
texts have been selected to demonstrate the ways in which these
traditions have been applied to a broad range of issues and
Exceptionally well-written and jargon-free, with helpful
introductions and selections from Frederick Jackson Turner, Max
Weber, Michael Sandel, John Rawls, C. Wright Mills, Sheldon Wolin,
Judith N. Shklar, bell hooks, Michael Walzer and Richard Rorty,
among others, American Social and Political Thought will be the
core text in the field.
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