Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Congress by Scot SchraufnagelHistorical Dictionary of the U.S. Congress by Scot Schraufnagel

Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Congress

byScot Schraufnagel

Hardcover | August 11, 2011

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Consisting of two houses-the Senate and the House of Representatives-and 535 members-100 Senators and 435 Representatives, the U.S. Congress forms the legislative branch of the United States Government. Primarily charged with composing the laws of the United States, the Congress also is responsible for creating all bills for revenue; laying and collecting taxes; borrowing money; printing money; regulating commerce; declaring war; administering postal services, military services, and lower courts; and promoting the progress of science and the arts through grants. The Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Congress is intended to provide greater civic understanding for young Americans and to provide a handy reference to more serious students of the legislative process in the United States. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes listing the dates Congress has been in session and all the people who have held leadership positions in Congress, a comprehensive bibliography, and over 500 cross-referenced dictionary entries on congressional leaders, elections, and legislative practices. This book is an excellent access point for high school students, college students, and anyone interested in a better understanding of the legislative process in the United States.
Scot Schraufnagel is professor of political science at Northern Illinois University.
Title:Historical Dictionary of the U.S. CongressFormat:HardcoverDimensions:334 pages, 9.54 × 6.45 × 1.2 inPublished:August 11, 2011Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810871963

ISBN - 13:9780810871960


Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword - Jon WoronoffAcknowledgmentsAcronyms and AbbreviationsChronologyIntroductionTHE DICTIONARYAppendixesA. Congressional Session DatesB. Leaders of CongressC. Constitutional AmendmentsBibliographyAbout the Author

Editorial Reviews

The Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Congress has a handy list of acronyms and abbreviations, a chronology, an introduction, a dictionary covering 237 pages, several appendixes (Congressional Session Dates, Leaders of Congress, and The Constitutional Amendments), and a bibliography. The chronology reveals the start of Congress in Philadelphia Pennsylvania May 14-September 17, 1787 to current March 21, 2010 the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act. Crucial are the well-written essays in the dictionary on those leading Congress and amendments in addition to the easy-to-read definitions of words associated with Congress. Appendix A, Congressional Session Dates, show the 1st Congress 1789 to the 111th Congress 2010. The times of the chart displays the number of sessions, the beginning date, end date, and days in session. Appendix B, Leaders of Congress, furnishes the Congress number, names, party, and states for House and Senate leaders. Appendix C, The Constitutional Amendments, discusses each of the 27 amendments. The reference is useful for all canvassers of Congress and is a must have for academic, public, and government libraries.