During the production of this edition and after nearly 60 years of authoring Magruder’s American Government, Bill McClenaghan passed away. This and every edition of Magruder’s American Government since the death of Frank Abbott Magruder in 1949 are a tribute to Professor McClenaghan’s depth of knowledge, passion for American government and politics, and insistence on excellence. Professor McClenaghan’s strength of character and dynamic personality were inspiring to all who had the good fortune to know and work with him. Through both his teaching and this textbook, Bill McClenaghan influenced an extraordinary number of government students throughout the United States. Through those students and future readers of Magruder’s American Government, his legacy goes on.
Dan M. Shea Ph.D. - Program Author
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Oswego, Daniel M. Shea received his Master of Arts degree in Campaign Management from the University of West Florida. He then worked as regional coordinator for the New York State Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee. He returned to graduates school and by 1993 received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany.
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Grant Wiggins is the President of Authentic Education in Hopewell, New Jersey. He earned his Ed.D. from Harvard University and his B. A. from St. John's College in Annapolis. Grant consults with schools, districts and state education departments on a variety of reform matters; organizes conferences and workshops; and develops print materials and Web resources on curricular change. He is the co-author, with Jay McTighe, of Understanding By Design and The Understanding By Design Handbook, the award-winning and highly successful materials on curriculum published by ASCD. His work has been supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.
Jane Wilcox Smith
Jane Wilcox Smith received her Master of Arts in teaching as a reading specialist from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She taught basic reading skills at the Schenck School in Atlanta, and remedial English and reading skills at Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, Georgia. She serves on Emory University’s Woodruff Library’s Special Collection Board.
Carol Sullivan received her Bachelor of Science degree from Jersey State College of New Jersey. She taught at Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, Georgia, in the content areas of English, social Studies, vocational skills, and science. She also taught special education at Sandburg Middle School in Elmhurst, Illinois.