The Pursuit of Happiness in the Founding Era: An Intellectual History
Carli N. Conklin
In this insightful volume, Prof. Carli N. Conklin considers the pursuit of happiness across a variety of intellectual traditions and explores its usage in two key legal texts of the Founding Era, the Declaration and William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England.
A Nation Forged by Crisis: A New American History
A necessary corrective to conventional narratives of American history, A Nation Forged by Crisis argues that we can only prepare for our unpredictable future by first acknowledging the contingencies of our collective past.
Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class
As MU Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor of History and Black Studies Devin Fergus examines in his new work, lost among—or buried beneath—the many explanations put forth for the mounting problem of wealth inequality is one innocuous but substantial contributor to this widening divide: the explosion of fees accompanying virtually every transaction people make.
American Constitutional Law, Volumes 1 & 2
In this two-volume casebook, Kinder Institute Director Justin Dyer, along with co-editors Donald Kommers, John Finn, Gary Jacobsohn, and George Thomas, examine the history of U.S. constitutional law with an emphasis on social, political, and moral theory as well as a comparative perspective that situates the American experience within a world context.
Raising Government Children: A History of Foster Care and the American Welfare State
Analyzing the ideas, debates, and policies surrounding foster care and foster parents’ relationship to public welfare, University of Missouri Associate Professor of History Catherine Rymph reveals the framework for the building of the foster care system and draws out its implications for today’s child support networks.
PTL: The Rise and Fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Evangelical Empire
PTL is more than just the spectacular tale of the rise and fall of the Bakkers. In it, Prof. John Wigger traces their lives from humble beginnings to wealth, fame, and eventual disgrace, telling the story of a group of people committed to religious innovation, who pushed the boundaries of evangelical religion’s engagement with American culture and revealed both the power of big religion in American life as well as its limits in the process.
Gateway to Equality: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis
A stunning account of black working-class women’s struggle for economic justice from the rise of New Deal liberalism in the 1930s to the social upheavals of the 1960s, Prof. Keona Ervin’s work sheds light on an unexplored aspect of community activism and illuminates the complexities of the overlapping civil rights and labor movements during the first half of the twentieth century.
The Rise of the Representative: Lawmakers and Constituents in Colonial America
Representation is integral to the study of legislatures, yet virtually no attention has been given to how representative assemblies developed or how that process affected the relationship between the representative and the represented. Prof. Peverill Squire’s The Rise of the Representative corrects this by tracing how these assemblies evolved in colonial America as a practical response to governing problems, rather than as an attempt to translate abstract philosophy into a concrete reality.
Electing the House: The Adoption and Performance of the U.S. Single-Member District Electoral System
Locating the development of the single-member district system within the context of American political thought, Prof. Jay Dow’s study clarifies the workings and significance of a critical electoral process in our time, while also informing and enhancing our understanding of the evolution of the American political system.
The Accessible Federalist
Faithfully re-phrased for the modern age by Prof. Adam Seagrave, an established and respected scholar of American political thought, the selected essays included here offer today’s readers a judicious and effective first approach to The Federalist’s most important ideas.
A Guide to the Missouri Constitution
Justin B. Dyer & Greg Casey
Co-authored with Greg Casey, Prof. Justin Dyer’s A Guide to the Missouri Constitution is the most efficient text for understanding the structure of Missouri’s government and the relevance that its lengthy Constitution has to contentious issues in the state today.
JFK and the Masculine Mystique: Sex and Power on the New Frontier
As Prof. Steve Watts examines in this new biography, from very early on in his career, John F. Kennedy’s allure was more akin to a movie star than a presidential candidate. Why, Watts asks, were Americans so attracted to Kennedy in the late 1950s and early 1960s—his glamorous image, good looks, cool style, tough-minded rhetoric, and sex appeal?
C.S. Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law
Co-authored with Micah J. Watson, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Politics & Religion at Union University, Prof. Justin Dyer’s C.S. Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law debunks the commonly held assumption that Lewis was uninterested in politics and public affairs by exploring “the contours of Lewis’ multi-faceted Christian engagement with political philosophy generally and the natural law tradition in particular.”
Lloyd Gaines and the Fight to End Segregation
James Endersby and William T. Horner
Prof. Bill Horner and James Endersby’s recent book is the first study to focus entirely on the Gaines case and the vital role played by the NAACP and its lawyers—especially Charles Houston, known as “the man who killed Jim Crow”—as they advanced a concerted strategy to produce political change.
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