American Congress The Building of Democracy

ISBN-10: 0618179062
ISBN-13: 9780618179060
Edition: 2004 (Teachers Edition, Instructors Manual, etc.)
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/21/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 784
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.640
Language: English

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.

Julian E. Zelizer is professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. His most recent books include "Jimmy Carter", "Arsenal of Democracy", and "The Presidency of George W. Bush" (Princeton). He writes a weekly column for CNN.com and Politico and has written for the "New York Times", the "Washington Post", and many other publications.

Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Formative Era, 1780s-1820s
From the Old Congress to the New
Opening Congress
Democracy, Gentility, and Lobbying in the Early U.S. Congress
The Alien and Sedition Acts
The Early Impact of Slavery
The War of 1812
Congress, Internal Improvement, and the Problem of Governance
The Partisan Era, 1830s-1900s
Congress in a Partisan Political Era
The Bank War
Territorial Expansion
The Slavery Issue
The Civil War
Reconstruction
The Press Coverage of Congress: Reporting Johnson's Impeachment
White Supremacy
The American West
Railroad Policy
Industrialization
The Committee Era, 1910s-1960s
The Transformation of the Congressional Experience
Economic Regulation in the Progressive Era
Redesigning Congress: The Seventeenth and Twentieth Amendments to the Constitution
Women's Activism
The Transformation of American Immigration Policy
Prohibition
The First World War
The Forgotten New Deal Congress
World War II: Conservatism and Constituency Politics
The Cold War
McCarthyism in Congress: Investigating Communism
The Second Reconstruction
The Warren Court and the Political Process
The Great Society
The Vietnam War
The Environment
The Contemporary Era, 1970s-Today
Congressional Reform
Restraining the Imperial Presidency: Congress and Watergate
Congress and the Media
Congress and the Budget Since 1974
War Power
When Republicans Become Revolutionaries: Conservatives in Congress
Index
Illustration Credits

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