Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007

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Black Americans in Congress, 1870–2007
, is a comprehensive history of the more than 120 African Americans who have served in the United States Congress. Written for a general audience, this book contains a profile of each African-American Member, including notables such as Hiram Revels, Joseph Rainey, Oscar De Priest, Adam Clayton Powell, Shirley Chisholm, Gus Hawkins, and Barbara Jordan. Individual profiles are introduced by contextual essays that explain major events in congressional and U.S. history.  The volume also features:

  • Pictures—including rarely seen historical images—of each African American who has served in Congress
  • Bibliographies and references to manuscript collections for each Member
  • Statistical graphs and charts
  • Index

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The following review of Black Americans appeared in the January 2009 edition of the American Political Science Association Legislative Studies Section Newsletter

Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007, U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on House Administration, U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008, ISBN 9780160801945, $54.00, paperback, 803 pages w/illustrations.

This beautifully prepared volume provides a plethora of information about African-Americans who have served in the Congress. Part I provides four chronologically organized chapters under the heading "Former Black Members of Congress." Each chapter provides a lengthy biographical sketch of the members who served during the period addressed, along with a narrative historical account of the era and tables of information about the Congress during that time. Part II provides similar information about current African-American members. There are 10 appendixes providing tabular information of a variety of sorts about the service of Black members, including such things as a summary list, service on committees and in party leadership posts, familial connections, and so forth. The entire volume is 803 large folio pages in length and there are many illustrations. The book should be part of every library and research collection, and congressional scholars may well wish to obtain it for their personal libraries.

Ron Peters

Regents' Professor of Political Science

University of Oklahoma

 



Library Journal 5/15/2009 issue -- Special Featured Article by Jim Church  "Looking Back, Moving On: 2008 Best Notable Government Documents" "Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Committee on House Administration and the Office of History and Preservation of the U.S. House of Representatives. http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS106070. 2008. 803p. illus. SuDoc # Y 1.1/2: SERIAL 14904. GPO Stock # 052-070-07519-8. $54. Written for a general sudience, these profiles of each of the 121 African American members of Congress outline their history and career.  Divided into four time periods, contextual essays help explain the majoyr events in congressional and U.S. history.  With extensive appendixes, a comprehensibe index, and statistical graphs and charts. "

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