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Title Presidential power : documents decoded / edited by Brian M. Harward
Published Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource
Series Documents decoded
Documents decoded.
Contents Declaration of neutrality -- The Alien and Sedition Acts -- The Louisiana Purchase -- Andrew Jackson and the Cherokee Indian cases -- Polk sends troops to the U.S.-Mexico border -- The blockade of southern ports -- The arrest of John Merryman -- Lincoln uses war powers to free the slaves -- Lincoln's defense of the suspension of habeas corpus -- Limits on trials by military commissions -- The impeachment of Andrew Johnson -- The Spanish-American War -- The Square Deal -- Teddy Roosevelt's views coalesce -- The "New Freedom" approach -- The Espionage Act of 1917 -- The delegation of congressional power -- FDR's first 100 days -- The four horsemen -- Presidents and foreign affairs -- The court packing plan -- The four freedoms -- Pearl Harbor -- Operation Pastorius : the Nazi saboteurs -- Ex parte Quirin -- Japanese internment -- The steel seizure case -- Bay of Pigs invasion -- Watergate -- Presidential impoundment of funds -- The Pentagon papers -- War powers resolution -- Executive privilege -- The Church Committee hearings and FISA -- The legislative veto -- The Chevron two-step -- Signing statements as policy devices -- The Iran/Contra affair -- Appointment and removal power -- The Iran/Contra affair -- The Paula Jones case -- The line item veto -- Impeachment of President Clinton -- Responding to 9/11 -- War in Afghanistan : Operation Enduring Freedom -- USA PATRIOT Act -- Habeas corpus and Guantanamo Bay -- The axis of evil -- Enemy combatants -- The torture memos -- Cheney and the energy task force -- U.S. citizens as enemy combatants -- Combatant status review tribunals (CSRTs) -- Warrantless wiretapping -- Suspension of habeas corpus -- Limits on signing statements -- Detainee policy under Obama -- The continuation of the state secrets privilege -- Drone strikes and targeted killings of U.S. citizens -- Obama, Libya, and the war powers resolution -- Syria and an expanding view of war powers -- Obama's Recess Appointments -- A new AUMF to confront ISIS -- Snowden leaks and a revision of FISA
Summary "This volume uses essential and illuminating primary documents as a portal for understanding the evolution and present parameters of presidential power, the relationship between America's three branches of government, and why wartime often leads presidents to claim expansive powers and authority. Covers topics such as Operation Pastorius, the Watergate scandal, the Iran-Contra affair, and drone strikes to show how each presented tests of presidential power. Utilizes events and developments throughout U.S. history--from the nation's founding to the contemporary era--to demonstrate how these singular, focusing events are often reflections of broader political, economic, and social forces"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Executive power -- United States -- History -- Sources.
Presidents -- United States -- History -- Sources.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Harward, Brian M., editor
ISBN 1610698304 (electronic bk.)
9781610698306 (electronic bk.)