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We The People
We The People

We The People, 15th Edition

ISBN10: 1265026688 | ISBN13: 9781265026684
By Thomas Patterson
© 2024

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Tom Patterson’s We the People is a concise approach to American government, emphasizing critical thinking through questions and examples relevant to today’s students. This exceptionally readable text provides opportunities to engage with the political process through tools that help students learn how to think about politics, utilizing digital resources that connect learners with the material in a personalized way. Each chapter features provocative boxes that ask students to think critically about contemporary questions, including How the U.S. Differs and How the 50 States Differ and Fake or Fact?, all of which provide tools for students to assess data and claims for themselves. Finally, each chapter includes suggestions on how the student can participate as a citizen of our democracy. The suggestions are categorized by the founding principle they embody—liberty, equality, or self-government—reinforcing the relevance of these principles today.

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CHAPTER 1 Critical Thinking and Political Culture: Becoming a Responsible Citizen 
CHAPTER 2 Constitutional Democracy: Promoting Liberty and Self-Government 
CHAPTER 3 Federalism: Forging a Nation 
CHAPTER 4 Civil Liberties: Protecting Individual Rights
CHAPTER 5 Equal Rights: Struggling Toward Fairness
CHAPTER 6 Public Opinion and Political Socialization: Shaping the People’s Voice
CHAPTER 7 Political Participation: Activating the Popular Will
CHAPTER 8 Political Parties, Candidates, and Campaigns: Defining the Voters’ Choice
CHAPTER 9 Interest Groups: Organizing for Influence
CHAPTER 10 The News Media and the Internet: Communicating Politics
CHAPTER 11 Congress: Balancing National Goals and Local Interests
CHAPTER 12 The Presidency: Leading the Nation
CHAPTER 13 The Federal Bureaucracy: Administering the Government 
CHAPTER 14 The Federal Judicial System: Interpreting the Law
CHAPTER 15 Economic and Environmental Policy: Contributing to Prosperity
CHAPTER 16 Income, Welfare, and Education Policy: Providing for Personal Security
CHAPTER 17 Foreign Policy: Protecting the National Interest


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About the Author

Thomas Patterson

Thomas E. Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was previously distinguished professor of political science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University. Raised in a small Minnesota town near the Iowa and South Dakota borders, he was educated at South Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota, where he received his Ph.D. in 1971.Currently running the "Vanishing Voter" study at the Kennedy School of Government, which has been widely used in the media and on college campuses, Tom is also the author of six books and dozens of articles, which focus primarily on the media and elections. His book, 'Out of Order'(1994), received national attention when President Clinton said every politician and journalist should be required to read it. An earlier book, 'The Mass Media Election'(1980), received a 'Choice' award as Outstanding Academic Book, 1980-81. Another of Patterson's books, 'The Unseeing Eye'(1976), was recently selected by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the fifty most influential books of the past half century in the field of public opinion.His current research includes a study of White House communication and a study of the news media's role in Western democracies. His work has been funded by major grants from the National Science Foundation, the Markle Foundation, the Smith-Richardson Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts.


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