American Politics (Paperback)

A Graphic History

By Laura Locker, Julia Scheele (Illustrator)

Icon Books, 9781785783456, 176pp.

Publication Date: September 11, 2018

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How did a political outsider like Trump win the 2016 presidential election? Why do some Americans feel so strongly about gun rights? Is there a role for more than two political parties in the system? Following in the footsteps of the highly successful Queer: A Graphic History, illustrator Julia Scheele teams up with Laura Locker in this introduction to the political history of the United States. Politics isn't something that just occurs in the West Wing or the Capitol--it comes from the interaction between state and society, from people living their daily lives. In this unique graphic guide, we follow modern citizens as they explore everything from political culture, the Constitution and the balance of power, to social movements, the role of the media, and tensions over race, immigration, and LGBT rights. Step right up, and see what lies beneath the pageantry and headlines of this great nation.

About the Author

Laura Locker received her Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins and has taught American and comparative politics courses to university students in Portland, OR. She's particularly interested in political economics and sociology, and issues of race, class and gender. Julia Scheele is an illustrator, graphic facilitator and comic book artist. She runs One Beat Zines, a feminist zine collective and distributor and lives in Portland OR. @juliascheele