The Concise Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History

The Concise Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History

EDITOR Michael Kazin
Rebecca Edwards
Adam Rothman
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition: STU - Student edition
Pages: 672
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    The Concise Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History
    Book Description:

    With 150 accessible articles written by more than 130 leading experts, this essential reference provides authoritative introductions to some of the most important and talked-about topics in American history and politics, from the founding to today. Abridged from the acclaimedPrinceton Encyclopedia of American Political History, this is the only single-volume encyclopedia that provides comprehensive coverage of both the traditional topics of U.S. political history and the broader forces that shape American politics--including economics, religion, social movements, race, class, and gender. Fully indexed and cross-referenced, each entry provides crucial context, expert analysis, informed perspectives, and suggestions for further reading.

    Contributors include Dean Baker, Lewis Gould, Alex Keyssar, James Kloppenberg, Patricia Nelson Limerick, Lisa McGirr, Jack Rakove, Nick Salvatore, Stephen Skowronek, Jeremi Suri, Julian Zelizer, and many more.

    Entries cover:

    Key political periods, from the founding to todayPolitical institutions, major parties, and founding documentsThe broader forces that shape U.S. politics, from economics, religion, and social movements to race, class, and genderIdeas, philosophies, and movementsThe political history and influence of geographic regions

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-3946-9
    Subjects: History, Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Preface
    (pp. vii-x)
    Michael Kazin
  4. Alphabetical List of Entries
    (pp. xi-xii)
  5. Topical List of Entries
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  6. Contributors
    (pp. xv-xviii)
  7. Entries A-Z
    (pp. 1-614)

    A major reform movement during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, abolitionism sought to end slavery and free millions of black people held as slaves. Also known as the antislavery movement, abolitionism in the United States was part of an international effort against slavery and the slave trade in the Atlantic World. Its historical roots lay in black resistance to slavery, changing interpretations of Christian morality, eighteenth-century ideas concerning universal human rights, and economic change. Some of slavery’s opponents advocated gradual abolition and others immediate abolition. By the 1830s the termabolitionismapplied only to the latter.

    Race-based slavery, whereby people...

  8. Index
    (pp. 615-638)