The American Congress: The Building of Democracy

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Julian E. Zelizer
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 21 de set. de 2004 - 784 páginas
Congress is the heart and soul of our democracy, the place where interests are brokered, laws are established, and innovation is turned into concrete action. It is also where some of democracy's greatest virtues clash with its worst vices: idealism and compromise meet corruption and bitter partisanship. The American Congress unveils the rich and varied history of this singular institution.
Julian E. Zelizer has gathered together forty essays by renowned historians to capture the full drama, landmark legislation, and most memorable personalities of Congress. Organized around four major periods of congressional history, from the signing of the Constitution to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, this volume brings a fresh perspective to familiar watershed events: the Civil War, Watergate, the Vietnam War. It also gives a behind-the-scenes look at lesser-known legislation debated on the House and Senate floors, such as westward expansion and war powers control. Here are the stories behind the 1868 vote to impeach President Andrew Johnson; the rise of Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress and a leading advocate for pacifism; and the controversy surrounding James Eastland of Mississippi, who carried civil rights bills in his pockets so they could not come up for a vote. Sidebars further spotlight notables including Huey Long, Sam Rayburn, and Tip O'Neill, bringing the sweeping history of our lawmaking bodies into sharp focus.
If you've ever wondered how Congress worked in the past or what our elected officials do today, this book gives the engaging, often surprising, answers.
 

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PASLEY
38
Governance JOHN LAURITZ LARSON
112
THE PARTISAN ERA 1830s1900s
131
Territorial Expansion BARTHOLOMEW H SPARROW
168
Impeachment DONALD A RITCHIE
239
THE COMMITTEE ERA 1910s1960s
311
19 The Transformation of the Congressional Experience ERIC RAUCHWAY
319
Economic Regulation in the Progressive
337
The Cold War RANDALL BENNETT WOODS
493
Investigating Communism DONALD A RITCHIE
515
The Second Reconstruction TIMOTHY N THURBER
529
The Warren Court and the Political Process L A POWE JR
548
The Great Society EDWARD D BERKOWITZ
566
The Vietnam War FREDRIK LOGEVALL
584
The Environment PAUL c MILAZZO
601
THE CONTEMPORARY ERA 1970sToday
617

ELIZABETH SANDERS
350
The Seventeenth and Twentieth Amendments to the Constitution DAVID E KYVIG
356
Womens Activism ALISON M PARKER
370
The Transformation of American Immigration Policy DANIEL J TICHENOR
395
Probibition THOMAS R PEGRAM
411
The First World War JOSEPH A MCCARTIN
428
The Forgotten New Deal Congress PATRICK MANEY
446
Conservatism and Constituency Politics
474
HAMBY
489
Congressional Reform BARBARA SINCLAIR
625
Congress and Watergate BRUCE J SCHULMAN
638
Congress and the Media MICHAEL SCHUDSON
650
Congress and the Budget Since 1974 ERIC PATASHNIK
668
39 War Power LOUIS FISHER
687
Conservatives in Congress DONALD T CRITCHLOW
703
INDEX
733
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS 766
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Julian E. Zelizer, Ph.D., is a Professor of History at Boston University. He is author of ON CAPITOL HILL: THE STRUGGLE TO REFORM CONGRESS AND ITS CONSEQUENCES, 1948-2000, Taxing America: Wilbur D. Mills, Congress, and the State 1945-1975 (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1998), which won the Organization of American Historian's 2000 Ellis Hawley Prize and the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation's 1998 D.B. Hardeman Prize. He is author of dozens of publications, articles, book chapters, and book reviews on American government, esp. Congress, and is a prominent young scholar in the American history world.

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