The Republican Party
Documents Decoded
by Douglas B. Harris and Lonce H. Bailey
October 2014, 281pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-645-6
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Is the Republican Party still the party of Lincoln?

Will the modern Republican Party be able to convince the American people that its policies and positions are the right ones to guide the United States? This book examines the status of the Republican Party in the early 21st century, considers where it came from, and predicts where it's heading.

An ideal research tool for advanced high school students in government and history classes as well as undergraduate students enrolled in political science and history courses, The Republican Party: Documents Decoded presents documents, transcripts of speeches, photographs, political cartoons, and campaign materials to define the status of the Republican Party in the early 21st century.

Focusing on its leaders, key principles, organization, and the basis of its political support, the book provides readers with the knowledge and understanding to answer the key questions: For what does the party actually stand? What must Republicans do to move past recent negative perceptions of their party? And can it reclaim the White House in 2016? The source documents and commentary by expert scholars will help students and readers to analyze and evaluate the content themselves in order to reach their own conclusions of where today’s Republican party stands on the key issues, such as health care reform, relations between church and state, foreign policy, education, reproductive rights, gun control, and immigration.


  • Presents photographs and other visual elements that complement the story of the Republican Party
  • Provides scholarly commentary and analysis on more than 60 primary documents that show students how the Republican Party has evolved over the decades, as well as the values, priorities, and political strategies of its current leadership
  • Includes a bibliography containing books, media, and websites that directs readers to additional sources of information
Douglas B. Harris, PhD, is associate professor of political science at Loyola University Maryland. His research on Congress, political parties, and media politics includes articles in numerous scholarly journals and edited collections. He is coauthor of The Austin-Boston Connection: Five Decades of House Democratic Leadership, 1937–1989 and coeditor of Doing Archival Research in Political Science. Harris holds a doctorate in political science from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's degree in political science from American University.

Lonce H. Bailey, PhD, is assistant professor of political science at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on U.S. democracy and political institutions. His published work includes the chapter, "Running Right in Pennsylvania: Pat Toomey's Early Blueprint for Electoral Success" in Tea Party Effects on 2010 U.S. Senate Elections: Stuck in the Middle to Lose. He holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a master's degree in government from the University of Virginia, and a bachelor's degree in political science from University of California Irvine.


"The documents are uniformly interesting, and some have been edited for length. There is a good subject and personal name index. This volume, part of the publisher's Documents Decoded series, complements a similar book on the Democratic Party (2014) and one on presidential campaigns (CH, May'14, 51-4801). Suitable for academic or public library collections. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic audiences; general readers; journalists."—Choice, June 1, 2015
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