Americans And Their Discontent: A Timeline of Government Mistrust
Public hostility toward government has reached intense levels these days, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. But such distrust of government is hardly new: Indeed, public cynicism toward government has deep roots in the United States — going all the way to the very founding of the nation.
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Source: Why Trust Matters by Marc J. Hetherington; A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government by Garry Wills; Encyclopaedia Britannica Online; PBS; Bartleby.com; Bill Moyers Journal; The Writings of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson, Albert Ellery Bergh and Richard Holland Johnston; "How Great Were the "Great" Marshall Court Decisions?" by Michael J. Klarman in the Virginia Law Review
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