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Author Janiskee, Brian P., 1967-

Title Local government in early America : the colonial experience and lessons from the founders / Brian P. Janiskee

Publ Info Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ; [Claremont, Calif.] : Claremont Institute, [2010]
 RWU Main Library  JK54 .J36 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xiv, 185 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (p.159-176) and index
Contents The Colonies of New England -- The Middle and Southern Colonies -- The Founders on Local Government -- All Local Politics is National
Note "Local Government in Early America is a concise and thought-provoking exploration of the American desire for political participation, most notably in the "town hall meeting." A product of early New England democracy. This form of direct local participation remains one of the most celebrated, yet feared, institutions in our political life. Depending on one's political perspective regarding the issue at hand, a lively town hall meeting can be the glorious epitome of grassroots activism or the wretched embodiment of reactionary zeal. For all of the media attention devoted to the conservative revolt against health care reform at town hall meetings across the country; the political right is late to the game on local activism. From resolutions opposed to the Patriot Act or the declaration of nuclear-free zones in cities, the political left has used the rhetorical power of the local political pulpit to great effect for many years. All of this is possible because of the manner in which local governments were constructed during the colonial period. Brian P. Janiskee details the origins of our local system by examining key characteristics of local colonial political life, including what Founders like John Adams and Thomas Jefferson had to say about the role of villages, towns, and cities in our complex system of government. Through this timely analysis of our political heritage, Janiskee may cause observers to reevaluate the phrase "all politics is local." Indeed, it may be the case that "all local politics is national.""--BOOK JACKET
LC subject United States -- Politics and government -- To 1775
Local government -- United States -- History
Democracy -- United States -- History
Self-determination, National -- United States -- History
United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
ISBN 9781442201347 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781442201354 (electronic)
1442201355 (electronic)