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Strenghths and Weaknesses of American Federalism?

ins0mniacins0mniac Registered User regular
edited May 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
Working on a Political Science paper (just a 101 class) and I have to argue the health of American democracy. I've got some good citations from my textbooks, but the professor also requires two other sources. Well, I can't exactly get to the library right now. Yeah, hooray procrastination.

I'm not asking you helpful forumers to write this paper for me, but rather direct me to some sources that aren't so blatantly Bush-Worshiping Bible Thumpers' blogs or Anti-American Socialist publications.

Please? =)

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  • ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited May 2007
    The Federalist Papers by James Madison and Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville.

    I would be shocked if they aren't reproduced in their entirety online somewhere; they should be in the public domain.

  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    edited May 2007
    Zinn's A People's History Of The United States is also worth a read, if only for the dissenting view it presents.

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  • kaliyamakaliyama Registered User regular
    edited May 2007
    Er...conservative blogs (the volokh conspiracy is a wonderful intellectual conservative legal blog) or the National Review are good sources for arguments and perspectives - Anti-American Socialists would probably be Chinese - most lefties are neither socialist nor anti-american, especially not the ones with views on federalism.

    You should narrow your topics a bit. Things to consider:
    1) the electoral college
    2) congress' power to regulate through the commerce clause
    3) federal encroachment on states' issues - DOJ/DHS and Dept. of education stand out to me here.

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  • HiredGunHiredGun Registered User
    edited May 2007
    Thanatos wrote:
    I would be shocked if they aren't reproduced in their entirety online somewhere; they should be in the public domain.

    Here you go, OP (and anyone else who wants to add these useful bookmarks).

    Federalist Papers: http://federali.st/
    Dem. in America: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/815/815-h/815-h.htm

  • ElectricTurtleElectricTurtle Registered User
    edited May 2007
    Zinn's A People's History Of The United States is also worth a read, if only for the dissenting view it presents.

    The OP specifically requested material that wasn't from an anti-american socialist.

    If you really want a broader view of the reality of the Federalist/Anti-Federalist debate, (surprise!) you should look at the anti-federalist source material. The Federalist Papers were answered by The Anti-Federalist Papers of which there is copy edited by Morton Borden. There is some info regarding that here. There is also a brief overview article here.

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