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The Oxford Guide to the United States Government is the ultimate resource for authoritative information on the U.S. Presidency, Congress, and Supreme Court. Compiled by three top scholars, its pages brim with the key figures, events, and structures that have animated U.S. government for more than 200 years.
In addition to coverage of the 2000 Presidential race and election, this Guide features biographies of all the Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Supreme Court Justices, as well as notable members of Congress, including current leadership; historical commentary on past elections, major Presidential decisions, international and domestic programs, and the key advisors and agencies of the executive branch; in-depth analysis of Congressional leadership and committees, agencies and staff, and historic legislation; and detailed discussions of 100 landmark Supreme Court cases and the major issues facing the Court today. In addition to entries that define legal terms and phrases and others that elaborate on the wide array of government traditions, this invaluable book includes extensive back matter, including tables of Presidential election results; lists of Presidents, Vice Presidents, Congresses, and Supreme Court Justices with dates of service; lists of Presidential museums, libraries, and historic sites; relevant websites; and information on visiting the White House, the Capitol, and Supreme Court buildings.
A one-stop, comprehensive guide that will assist students, educators, and anyone curious about the inner workings of government, The Oxford Guide to the United States Government will be a valued addition to any home library.
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John J. Patrick is Director of the Social Studies Development Center, Professor of Education, and Director of the ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education at Indiana University. He is the author of two textbooks, American Political Behavior and History of the American Nation. Richard M. Pious is Professor of Political Science at Barnard College and the Graduate Faculties of Columbia University. He is the author of The American Presidency; The President, Congress and the Constitution; the textbook American Politics and Government; and a biography of Richard Nixon. Donald A. Ritchie is the Associate Historian of the U.S. Senate Historical Office and the author of Press Gallery: Congress and the Washigton Correspondents (which won the Richard Leopold Prize of the Organization of American Historians), A Necessary Fence: The Senate's First Century, The Senate, The U.S. Constitution, and James M. Landis: Dean of the Regulators.
In this alphabetical encyclopedia on topics relating to both the present activities and history of the U.S. government, entries include biographies of presidents and vice presidents, selected First Ladies and members of congress, and all Supreme Court justices who have ever served. Other types of biographical entries are those of unofficial groups of people who have played important roles in American government and history, such as Carpetbaggers. There are also articles on the various departments of the federal government; important historical events (Camp David peace talks, Watergate); issues and concepts (Capital punishment, Freedom of speech); laws and decisions; and Supreme Court cases. In addition, the volume covers the various powers, procedures, and practices of the president, congress, and the courts. There are some miscellaneous entries as well, including one for Bean Soup, which describes (complete with recipe) the tradition of serving bean soup every day in the House and Senate restaurants. Results of the 2000 presidential elections are included.
Entries run from several paragraphs to several pages. Each includes bulleted high points related to the event or person, as well as see also references and a list of sources used. There are six appendixes which cover the U.S. Constitution; presidents and vice-presidents in chronological order (ending with Bill Clinton); presidential election results; tables of congress giving majority and minority parties; terms of Supreme Court justices; justice appointees and their presidents; tips on visiting the branches of the federal government; and a list of presidential historic sites and libraries.
Although most of the information may be found elsewhere in encyclopedias and almanacs, having it in one, inexpensive, convenient volume recommends purchase for most libraries.
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