"How Democratic is the American Constitution ?", by political scientist Robert A. Dahl is a short book that questions the ethical and political issues in America 's Constitution and the structure of the United States government. The book consists of a series of abstract lectures composed by Dahl that reflects on how the American Constitution affects modern society. While this short book brings out plentiful knowledge on the American system , it does not go any deeper into those general ideas for it is only about 200 pages. However, it is still a knowledgeable book to introduce the fundamentals of American government and political science and why American citizens should uphold the Constitution. Dahl introduces the book of how the Founding
Throughout history America has had hundreds of transformative events that have changed the course of history through political, economic, and sociocultural effects. The most significant events aren’t the ones everyone remembers for being exciting but rather the ones that have impacted society and individuals the most. Many of these events that have shaped America most profoundly include wars, presidents, supreme court decisions, but they also include such events such as natural disasters, fires, and even scientific findings. Each event has not only impacted the time period it was set in but also may even still be impacting our lives today. By studying and analyzing America’s history one can learn the struggles and triumphs of a young nation that became the superpower it is today. Since declaring independence in 1776 America followed its own path and with each step, each decade, each presidency has it developed an important list of historical events.
In the short story called, “The American Electoral Process,” Kubic explained to us about why he disagrees with how the Constitution and the Congress take all votes for every single state as well as being unalike in population and size in which he would tell of as
The chapters of our textbook, America: A Narrative History, written by George Brown Tindall and David Emory Shi, takes us on a historical yet comparative journey of the road to war and what caused the American Revolution, an insight into the war itself, and a perception to what life was like in America after the war was over. The essays of the book, America Compared: American History in International Perspective, collected by Carl J. Guarneri gives us a global context and a comparison between the North and South Americas in the dividing issues of labor, slavery, taxes, politics, economy, liberty, and equality.
Throughout the Bush presidency, there were many rise and falls of his approval rating by the American public. The greatest rise and falls were due to the aftermath of the Al Qaeda terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and the fallout caused by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the book A Tragic Legacy,Glenn Greenwald illuminates a spotlight that focuses on the many falls of ex-president, George W. Bush. Greenwald, who is a former constitutional law attorney and is now a contributing writer at Salon, has been a regular contributor to The American Conservative. His views and analysis of the bush presidency in A Tragic Legacy are supported by his former experiences.
In Adam Gopnik 's piece “Caging of America,” he discusses one of the United States biggest moral conflicts: prison. Gopniks central thesis states that prison itself is a cruel and unjust punishment. He states that the life of a prisoner is as bad as it gets- they wake up in a cell and only go outside for an hour to exercise. They live out their sentences in a solid and confined box, where their only interaction is with themselves. Gopnik implies that the general populace is hypocritical to the fact that prison is a cruelty in itself. The citizens of the the United States preach moral equality and the wrongdoings of their government, yet they fail to realize the horrors that occur when trapped in a cell the size of your bathroom. The article makes great points against the criminal- justice system and their cruel punishment towards prisoners, but the author has failed to persuade me because although their current state in the system might be wrong, it doesn 't take from the fact that they are convicted felons who need to do their time, even if
American history is the study of major events and people that shaped the country many live in today. One of the major people that shaped America today was George Washington. He was the first and only general to lead in the revolutionary war. One of the major events in American history was Arnolds march to fort Ticonderoga. This gave the American army the supply of canons it needed to fight the British. Another interesting event from the revolutionary war was the green mountain boys of Vermont, and their barrage on marching British troops. They were a form of sharp-shooters that shocked the British with their surprise tactics
To explain the cause of the Holocaust and reduce the most crucial moments in the history of Nazi Germany to one year is an incredible feat, and one performed masterfully by Giles MacDonogh. As the author of 11 other books, including After the Reich and The Last Kaiser, and an Oxford University graduate who has written for popular British newspapers such as the Financial Times, MacDonogh displays prowess as a scholar and historian. His account of what he sees as Nazi Germany 's most vital year is as compelling as it is convincing, offering the reader a disturbing glance at Hitler 's ascension and evoking forceful and mixed emotions. 1938: Hitler 's Gamble is a historical book explaining the year of 1938 and its significance in history. MacDonogh seeks to justify the claim that 1938 was the most important year for Nazi Germany.
ENRIQUEZ, Ada Claudette E. 2014-00295-MN-0 Bachelor in Political Science IV-1 CRITICAL REVIEW ESSAY: The Big Short by Michael Lewis As emphasized in class, Americans are said to be firm believers of democracy, a system of rule by the people rooted in three fundamental principles: popular sovereignty (the people ultimately rule), political equality (each person has an equal say in determining what the government does), and political liberty (the people are protected from government intervention.in relation to the practice or exercise of their rights). The aforementioned aspects of democracy are not only easily seen in their society today but it can also be grounded as a key player in their history. And since the Americans hold democracy near
On January 6th, 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his eighth State of the Union address to Congress, known as the speech of the “Four Freedoms.” The purpose of this speech was to persuade Americans to shift their attention from the Axis threat to the British and allied troops in desperate need of support. During the time of this address, America was in a great state of isolationism. The majority of Americans sought to disassociate themselves from any foreign ties, including wars. “Policies to curb immigration quotas and increase tariffs on imported goods were implemented, and a series of Neutrality Acts passed in the 1930’s limited American arms and munitions assistance abroad” (“The Four Freedoms”1).
They, as conservatives, feel the extreme change in society during JFK’s presidency created problems. The authors feel Kennedy ruined America’s reputation, caused citizens to rebel, and somehow disrupted family life. This is an unfair interpretation. As, multiple times earlier in their accounts, Schweikart and Allen have shown obvious bias towards leaders who promoted change, such as FDR.
Since World War II, Germany has not always signified one stable and unified state. Instead, it has undergone great political and social transformations at different times in its recent history. From my study of Das Leben der Anderen (directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck) and Goodbye Lenin (directed by Wolfgang Becker), one can say with certainty that this is both a true and accurate statement. In this essay I will discuss the social and political transformations which Germany has experienced and comment on how the above films depict German society at different points in time since World War II.
One of the continuing concerns of American thought has been the need for sympathetic comprehension of social and personal situations during the beginning of the 20th century. After discussing certain crucial trends which have accompanied the industrial growth along with the unique form, which was assumed in Western Europe, we now turn our attention to the organized belief systems which have gained prominence in America during its phenomenal economic growth. A special interest is the role of ideology and its suitability for informing and sustaining a national effort. Americans, like people in all well-established nations have a cluster of core values which have had time to reach a rather stable accommodation to one another.