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The American Congress : the building of democracy / Julian E. Zelizer, editor. [electronic resource]

Publication:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (xviii, 765 p. ) ill. ;
Subjects:
United States. Congress -- History.
Government - U.S.
Law, Politics & Government
Political Institutions & Public Administration - U.S., Legislative Branch
Form/Genre:
History.
Electronic books
Language:
English
Summary:
"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.
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."--Jacket.
Contents:
From the old Congress to the new / Jack N. Rakove
Opening Congress / Joanne Barrie Freeman
Democracy, gentility, and lobbying in the early U.S. Congress / Jeffrey L. Pasley
The Alien and Sedition Acts / Alan Taylor
The early impact of slavery / Robin L. Einhorn
The War of 1812 / Donald R. Hickey
Congress, internal improvement, and the problem of governance / John Lauritz Larson
Congress in a partisan political era / Joel H. Silbey
The bank war / Daniel Feller
Territorial expansion / Bartholomew H. Sparrow
The slavery issue / Michael F. Holt
The Civil War / Mark E. Neely, Jr.
Reconstruction / Brooks D. Simpson
The press coverage of Congress : reporting Johnson's impeachment / Donald A. Ritchie
White supremacy / Jane Dailey
The American West / William Deverell
Railroad policy / K. Austin Kerr
Industrialization / Richard Bensel
The transformation of the congressional experience / Eric Rauchway

Economic regulation in the progressive era / Elizabeth Sanders
Redesigning Congress : the seventeenth and twentieth amendments to the Constitution / David E. Kyvig
Women's activism / Alison M. Parker
The transformation of American immigration policy / Daniel J. Tichenor
Prohibition / Thomas R. Pegram
The first World War / Joseph A. McCartin
The forgotten New Deal Congress / Patrick Maney
World War II : conservatism and constituency politics / Alonzo L. Hamby
The Cold War / Randall Bennett Woods
McCarthyism in Congress : investigating communism / Donald A. Ritchie
The second reconstruction / Timothy N. Thurber
The Warren Court and the political process / L.A. Powe, Jr.
The Great Society / Edward D. Berkowitz
The Vietnam War / Fredrik Logevall
The environment / Paul C. Milazzo
Congressional reform / Barbara Sinclair
Restraining the imperial presidency : Congress and Watergate / Bruce J. Schulman

Congress and the media / Michael Schudson
Congress and the budget since 1974 / Eric Patashnik
War power / Louis Fisher
When Republicans became revolutionaries : conservatives in Congress / Donald T. Critchlow.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Contributor:
Zelizer, Julian E.
ISBN:
1-4175-9437-3
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