Mark Caleb Smith, Marc Clauson, Emily K. Ferkaluk, Justin D. Lyons, David Rich and Kevin Sims
Rendering to God and Caesar
Critical Readings for American Government
Second Edition


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Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
ISBN(10):  1-879215-89-6
ISBN(13): 978-1-879215-89-4
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This 2019 book focuses on the “big ideas” that have shaped American government. There are many ways for students to be exposed to these ideas, but the editors believe there is no better approach than actually reading the primary sources that first articulated them. This well-balanced collection, therefore, represents a trove of founding documents, Supreme Court cases, and momentous speeches. In their variety and breadth, the selection of documents, arranged thematically, will whet readers’ appetite for exploring our rich American governmental heritage. The editors hope this may be the beginning of a lifelong interest in the basis of our American government—how we got where we are today, and how we are to proceed from here!

Table of Contents:
I America’s Founding Ideals
  1. Magna Carta Libertatum
  2. The Mayflower Compact
  3. “Little Speech on Liberty” - John Winthrop
  4. Second Treatise of Government - John Locke
  5. “On Civil Liberty, Passive Obedience, and Non-Resistance” - Jonathan Boucher
  6. The Declaration of Independence
  7. The Constitution of the United States of America
  8. The Federalist No. 2 - John Jay (“Publius”)
  9. The Federalist No. 10 - James Madison (“Publius”)
  10. The Federalist No. 51 - James Madison (“Publius”)
  11. Anti-Federalist Papers No. 2 - Brutus
  12. Anti-Federalist Papers No. 3 - Cato
  13. Anti-Federalist Papers No. 9 - Montezuma
  14. “Speech to the Federalist Society Lawyers Division” - Edwin Meese, III
  15. “Speech to the Text and Teaching Symposium” - William J. Brennan, Jr.
II The Federal System
The Legislature
  1. The Federalist No. 57 - James Madison (“Publius”)
  2. The Federalist No. 63 - James Madison (“Publius”)
  3. McCulloch v. Maryland
  4. “Speech to the Electors of Bristol” - Edmund Burke
The Executive
  1. The Federalist No. 70 - Alexander Hamilton (“Publius”)
  2. Korematsu v. United States
The Judiciary
  1. The Federalist No. 78 - Alexander Hamilton (“Publius”)
  2. Marbury v. Madison
  3. Wickard v. Filburn
  4. The Espionage Act
III American Political Culture and Ideology
  1. Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville
  2. “Constitutional Government in the United States” - Woodrow Wilson
  3. “State of the Union Message to Congress” - Franklin D. Roosevelt
  4. Declaration of Sentiments - Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  5. The National Organization for Women’s 1966 Statement of Purpose - Betty Friedan
  6. “A Time for Choosing” - Ronald Reagan
  7. “Ten Conservative Principles” - Russell Kirk
  8. For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto - Murray N. Rothbard
  9. Christ and Culture - H. Richard Niebuhr
  10. “The Uneasy Conscience 45 Years Later” - Carl F. H. Henry
  11. The Courage to Be Protestant - David Wells
IV Religion and the State
  1. City of God - Augustine
  2. Notes on the State of Virginia - Thomas Jefferson
  3. “Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments” - James Madison
  4. The Gospel of Wealth - Andrew Carnegie
  5. The Social Principles of Jesus - Walter Rauschenbusch
  6. The Myth of a Christian Nation - Greg Boyd
  7. Politics–According to the Bible - Wayne Grudem
V Civil Rights
  1. “The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions” - Abraham Lincoln
  2. Dred Scott v. Sandford
  3. “Speech on the Dred Scott Decision” - Abraham Lincoln
  4. “The Gettysburg Address” - Abraham Lincoln
  5. Plessy v. Ferguson
  6. Brown v. Board of Education
  7. “Letter from Birmingham Jail” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
  8. Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States
  9. Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin
VI Civil Liberties
  1. The Sedition Act
  2. On Liberty - John Stuart Mill
  3. Texas v. Johnson
  4. “Letter to the Danbury Baptists” - Thomas Jefferson
  5. Lee v. Weisman
  6. Kelo v. New London
  7. Roe v. Wade
  8. Obergefell v. Hodges

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