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University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2016. Volume 2 in Studies in American Constitutional Heritage. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
On June 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Shelby County v. Holder, invalidating a key provision of voting rights law. The decision—the culmination of an eight-year battle over the power of Congress to regulate state conduct of elections—marked the closing of a chapter in American politics. That chapter had opened a century earlier in the case of Guinn v. United States, which ushered in national efforts to knock down racial barriers to the ballot. A detailed and timely history, The Rise and Fall of the Voting Rights Act analyzes changing legislation and the future of voting rights in the United States. In tracing the development of the Voting Rights Act from its inception, Charles S. Bullock III, Ronald Keith Gaddie, and Justin J. Wert begin by exploring the political and legal aspects of the Jim Crow electoral regime. Detailing both the subsequent struggle to enact the law and its impact, they explain why the Voting Rights Act was necessary. The authors draw on court cases and election data to bring their discussion to the present with an examination of the 2006 revision and renewal of the act, and its role in shaping the southern political environment in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, when Barack Obama was chosen. Bullock, Gaddie, and Wert go on to closely evaluate the 2013 Shelby County decision, describing how the ideological makeup of the Supreme Court created an appellate environment that made the act ripe for a challenge. Rigorous in its scholarship and thoroughly readable, this book goes beyond history and analysis to provide compelling and much-needed insight into the ways voting rights legislation has shaped the United States. The Rise and Fall of the Voting Rights Act illuminates the historical roots—and the human consequences—of a critical chapter in U.S. legal history. 
Price: 28.45 USD
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2 ELDREDGE, H. WENTWORTH. The Second American Revolution.
William Morrow and Company, New York 1964. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Fair condition. Dustjacket has slight dirt marks and scratches. 
This political essay raises the question of a fundamental revamping of Western, specifically American, political institutions to be based on the twentieth-century models of man and society resulting from contemporary scientific research. Includes an Index. 
Price: 23.04 USD
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3 EPSTEIN, JOSEPH. Alexis De Tocqueville: Democracy's Guide.
HarperCollins Publishers, New York: 2006. First Edition. Eminent Lives Series. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Like New. 
Alexis de Tocqueville was among the first foreigners to recognize and trumpet the grandness of the American project. His two-volume classic, Democracy in America, published in 1835, not only offered a vivid account of what was then a new nation but famously predicted what that nation would become. His startling prescience, as well as the endurance of his political ideas, has firmly established Tocqueville's place in American history; his chronicle of our infancy is a fixture on every American history syllabus. Nearly all of his clairvoyant predictions about American political life, from the influence of Evangelical Christianity to the advent of our "consumer society," have come true—and on the schedule he set. Yet in his own time, Tocqueville had little evidence for the truth of his ideas. Introspective, sickly, prone to self-doubt, he was an unlikely visionary. Joseph Epstein, America's most versatile essayist, proves an ideal guide to his predecessor. In wry, elegant prose, he engages Tocqueville's intellectual contributions, illuminates the development of his thought, and provides a referendum on his various prophecies. (His record was far from perfect—he thought the federal government would wither away as the states rose in power.) Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy's Guide is an altogether human portrait of the Frenchman who would become an American icon. "Epstein is America's leading essayist." -- David Brooks, The Wall Street Journal 
Price: 7.08 USD
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4 NIEBUHR, REINHOLD; DORRIEN, GARY (NEW INTRODUCTION). The Children Of Light And The Chldren Of Darkness: A Vindication Of Democracy And A Critique Of Its Traditional Defense.
University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London: 2011. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness, first published in 1944, is considered one of the most profound and relevant works by the influential theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, and certainly the fullest statement of his political philosophy. Written and first read during the prolonged, tragic world war between totalitarian and democratic forces, Niebuhr's book took up the timely question of how democracy as a political system could best be defended. Most proponents of democracy, Niebuhr claimed, were "children of light," who had optimistic but naēve ideas about how society could be rid of evil and governed by enlightened reason. They needed, he believed, to absorb some of the wisdom and strength of the "children of darkness," whose ruthless cynicism and corrupt, anti-democratic politics should otherwise be repudiated. He argued for a prudent, liberal understanding of human society that took the measure of every group's self-interest and was chastened by a realistic understanding of the limits of power. It is in the foreword to this book that he wrote, "Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary." This edition includes a new introduction by the theologian and Niebuhr scholar Gary Dorrien in which he elucidates the work's significance and places it firmly into the arc of Niebuhr's career. "Dr. Niebuhr is in our time one of the ablest spokesmen among theologians. And he brings to his chosen task rare gifts and wide-ranging interests." --New Republic "[A] brilliant and creative vindication of democracy . . . a theology of Western culture which remains intellectually unsurpassed." --Larry Rasmussen in Reinhold Niebuhr: Theologian of Public Life 
Price: 17.10 USD
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5 PERLMUTTER, AMOS. Making The World Safe For Democracy: A Century Of Wilsonianism And Its Totalitarian Challengers.
The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hall: 1998. 0807823651 / 9780807823651 First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 
Offers a comparative analysis of the three most significant world orders of the twentieth century: Wilsonianism, Soviet Communism, and Nazism. Anchored in three hegemonial states - the United States, the Soviet Union, and Nazi Germany - these systems, the author finds, shared certain characteristics that distinguished them from other attempts to restructure the international political scene. Includes an Index. 
Price: 22.94 USD
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6 RAUSCHNING, HERMANN. The Redemption Of Democracy: The Coming Atlantic Empire.
Alliance Book Corp., New York: 1941. Second Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 
Sends out a plan of action of how democracy can overcome the destructive forces of totalitarianism. Shows inescapably how the salvation of the world lies in the revitalization of the Democratic idea of Britain and America. Translated into English from the German by Barrows Mussey. 
Price: 14.20 USD
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Warner Books, New York: 2004. First Printing. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Very good condition. 
A humorous study to familiarize students with how Democracy in America works. 
Price: 5.70 USD
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