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Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What it Means for America

Carr, Patrick J. and Kefalas, Maria
Beacon 2009        Dewey Dec.    307

“Discusses the hollowing out of small-town America, a phenomenon in which young people graduate from high school and leave their small hometowns, many never to return, and discusses why it is important to the country to keep rural heartland towns growing and thriving.
In a timely, new afterword, Carr and Kefalas address the question “so what can be done to save our communities?” They profile the efforts of dedicated community leaders actively resisting the hollowing out of Middle America. These individuals have creatively engaged small town youth–stayers and returners, seekers and achievers–and have implemented a variety of programs to combat the rural brain drain.nbsp; These stories of civic engagement will certainly inspire and encourage readers struggling to defend their communities.” -Publisher

Contents: Introduction : the heartland and the rural youth exodus — The achievers — The stayers — The seekers — The returners — Conclusion : what can be done to save small towns?.

Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream

Duany, Andres; Plater-Zyberk, Elizabeth and Speck, Jeff
North Point 2000        Dewey Dec.    307

“The authors, town planners associated with the New Urbanism movement, argue that Armerican suburbs have failed on ecological, economic, aesthetic, and social levels. Drawing on their experiences … they advocate a return to more traditional planning principles.”

Contents: What is sprawl, and why? — The devil is in the details — The house that sprawl built — The physical creation of society — The American transportation mess — Sprawl and the developer — The victims of sprawl — The city and the region — The inner city — How to make a town — What is to be done — Appendix A: The traditional neighborhood development checklist — Appendix B: The congress for the new urbanism.

The Encyclopedia of Censorship

Encyclopedia of Censorship Book Cover

Green, Jonathan
Facts on File 2005        Dewey Dec.    363.3

“The crowded roster of those who have been affected by censorship, as well as the books, films, and other works attacked, are found in these pages. Controversies that have arisen over the years are given historical context; highly valuable national wrap-ups treat the culture, law, and predominant trends of diverse lands.” -Libr J.

Gun Control

Gun Control Book Cover

Henderson, Harry
Facts on File 2000        Dewey Dec.    363.3

This examination of the history and issues of gun control “includes an annotated bibliography, chronology, glossary, biographical listing, a chapter on how to research the topic, laws and court cases, and a list of applicable organizations and agencies.” -Publisher

The City in History: Its Origins, its Transformations, and its Prospects

Mumford, Lewis
Harcourt, Brace 1961        Dewey Dec.    307

“More than a history of the forms and functions of the city throughout the ages, this is a portrait of the development of man as a religious, a political, an economic, a cultural, and a sexual being.”

Contents: Sanctuary, village, and stronghold — The crystallization of the city — Ancestral forms and patterns — The nature of the ancient city — Emergence of the polis — Citizen versus ideal city — Helleinistic absolutism and urbanity — Megalopolis into necropolis — Cloister and community — Medieval urban housekeeping — Medieval disruptions, modern anticipations — The structure of baroque power — Court, parade, and capital — Commercial expansion and urban dissolution — Paleotechnic paradise : Coketown — Suburbia-and beyond — The myth of megalopolis — Retrospect and prospect.

The Builders: Houses, People, Neighborhoods, Governments, Money

The Builders Book Cover

Mayer, Martin
Norton 1978        Dewey Dec.    363

Housing policy, Urban renewal, City planning, Construction industry, Federal aid to community development, Urban economics

Selected Articles on Restriction of Immigration

Selected Articles on Restriction of Immigration book cover

Phelps, Edith M., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1920         Dewey Dec.    325.1

See the note on the similar book below by Mary Katharine Reely.

Selected Articles on Immigration

Selected Articles on Immigration book cover

Reely, Mary Katharine, comp.
H. W. Wilson 1917         Dewey Dec.    325.1

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines. Links for some popular magazines of the day are also available on this Century Past website at General serials (Magazines) and their indexes.

Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History is Reshaping our World

Saunders, Doug
Pantheon 2010        Dewey Dec.    307

“The author examines global urbanization. He concentrates on the slums and satellite communities that act as portals from villages to cities and, in turn, revitalize village economies… Saunders insists urban migration means improvement overall, and that the arrival city serves as a springboard for the integration of new populations.” – Publ Wkly

Contents: On the edge of the city — Outside in : the lives of the new city — Arriving at the top of the pyramid — The urbanization of the village — The first great migration : how the west arrived — The death and life of a great arrival city — When the margins explode — The new city confronts the old world — Arrival’s end : mud floor to middle class — Arriving in style.

Extracts of Letters from Poor Persons who Emigrated Last Year to Canada and the United States. Printed for the Information of the Labouring Poor, and their Friends in this Country

Extracts from Letters of Poor Persons book cover

Scrope, G. Poulett
London: Ridgway, 1832         Dewey Dec.    325.1

Working and living conditions for laborers in Britain and Ireland in 1830 were very poor, and unemployment was high. The editor produced this collection to encourage the poor to emigrate to the U.S. and Canada, where opportunities for the unskilled were much better. The short extracts contain information about work availability, wages, cost of living, and living conditions experienced by British and Irish immigrants to various places in North America.

Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights

Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights Book Cover

Utter, Glenn H.
Oryx 2000        Dewey Dec.    363.3

“A listing of the court cases, personalities, laws, and groups involved in the regulation of guns. The book begins with an essay on the issues in the gun-control battle and a short guide to the court cases and groups involved, placing them in the opposing camps.” -Libr J.


Public Affairs & Administration

Public Administration Collection

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City Planning Collection

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Municipal Monopolies: A Collection of Papers by American Economists and Specialists

Municipal Monopolies Book Cover

Bemis, E. W. ed.
Crowell 1899 Dewey Dec. 352

Papers by experts on waterworks, electric and gas lighting, the telephone, and street railways. Favors municipal ownership. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Public Administration in Modern Society

Public Administration in Modern Society Book Cover

Corson, John J.
McGraw-Hill 1963 Dewey Dec. 353

 

The Book of the States 2012

The Book of the States Book Cover

Council of State Governments
Council of State Governments 2012 Dewey Dec. 353.9

“In addition to general articles on various aspects of state government, this source provides many statistical and directory data, the principal state officials, and such information as the nickname, motto, flower, bird, etc of each state.” Ref Sources …
Content: Introduction — State constitutions — Federalism and intergovernmental relations — State legislative branch — State executive branch — State judicial branch — Elections — State finance — State management and administration — Selected state policies and programs — State pages — Index

Public Service

Public Service Book Cover

Garfield, James Rudolph, ed.
Hall and Locke 1911 Dewey Dec. 350

Volume 6 in a 10-vol. series called “Vocations” edited by William DeWitt Hyde. This volume contains 5 parts; “Good Citizenship”, “Municipal Service”, “The Civil and Foreign Service”, “Army and Navy” and “Charities and Corrections”. Each part has five to seven essays by different people.

Protecting America’s health: The FDA, Business, and One Hundred Years of Regulation

Protecting America's Health Book Cover

Hilts, Philip J.
Knopf 2003 Dewey Dec. 353

“This fascinating look at the inside story reveals how disastrous unfettered capitalism would be without reasonable regulation.” -Booklist

Selected Articles on Municipal Ownership

Selected Articles on Municipal Ownership Book Cover

Johnsen, Julia E., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1918 Dewey Dec. 352

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org.

Selected Articles on the City Manager Plan of Government

Selected Articles on the City Manager Plan of Government Book Cover

Mabie, Edward Charles, comp.
H. W. Wilson 1918 Dewey Dec. 352

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

American Government 2e

OpenStax
OpenStax       

Designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the single-semester American Government course. This title includes innovative features designed to enhance student learning, including Insider Perspective features and a Get Connected module that shows students how they can get engaged in the political process.” -Website

Selected Articles on Commission Plan of Municipal Government

Selected Articles on the Commission Plan of Municipal Government Book Cover

Robbins, E. Clyde, comp.
H. W. Wilson 1910 Dewey Dec. 352

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.


Also see our collection of Articles on Urban History


Social Security

Social Security Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Social Security”. Be patient as the page loads.

The Battle for Social Security

The Battle for Social Security Book Cover

Altman, Nancy
Wiley 2006        Dewey Dec.    368.4

The author traces the history of social security from its introduction in 1935, and provides a thoughtful, well-researched case against the … (Bush) administration’s efforts to reduce Social Security protection.” -Booklist

Social Security Handbook: Overview of Social Security Programs, 2012

Social Security Handbook, Overview of Social Security Programs Book Cover

Bernan Press
Bernan 2012        Dewey Dec.    368.4

Detailed explanation without commentary of the federal retirement, survivors, disability, black lung benefits, supplementary security income, and health insurance programs, who is entitled to benefits, and how such benefits may be obtained.

Selected Articles on Compulsory Insurance

Selected Articles on Compulsory Insurance Book Cover

Bullock, Edna D., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1912        Dewey Dec.    368.4

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

U.S. Social Security: A Reference Handbook

U.S. Social Security Book Cover

Livingston, Steven G.
ABC-CLIO 2008        Dewey Dec.    368.4

“Details the history and development of the American system of Social Security and examines the serious problems it faces. Covers the “prehistory” of Social Security dating back to the 19th century and projects the program’s likely future over the next several generations. Thematically, chronicles the origination of the initial Social Security Act of 1935, each major reform to the Act through today, the nature and magnitude of the current difficulty facing Social Security, and each major remedy that has been proposed. Also examines programs in other nations and how they have attempted to address similar problems.” -Publisher


Politics, Political Process

U.S. Political Parties Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Political Parties – United States”. Be patient as the page loads.

Democracy and Social Ethics

Addams, Jane
Macmillan 1902        Dewey Dec.    303

Contents: Charitable effort; Filial relations: Household adjustment; Industrial amelioration; Educational methods; Political reform. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Contents: Charitable effort — Filial relations — Household adjustment — Industrial amelioration — Educational methods — Political reform.

The Movement and the Sixties

Protest in America from Greensboro to Wounded Knee

Anderson, Terry H.
Oxford 1995        Dewey Dec.    303

“It began in 1960 with the Greensboro sit-ins. By 1973, when a few Native Americans rebelled at Wounded Knee and the U.S. Army came home from Vietnam, it was over. In between came Freedom Rides, Port Huron, the Mississippi Summer, Berkeley, Selma, Vietnam, the Summer of Love, Black Power, the Chicago Convention, hippies, Brown Power, and Women’s Liberation–The Movement–in an era that became known as The Sixties. Why did millions of Americans become activists; why did they take to the streets?
These are questions Terry Anderson explores in The Movement and The Sixties, a searching history of the social activism that defined a generation of young Americans and that called into question the very nature of “America.” Drawing on interviews, “underground” manuscripts colleceted at campuses and archives throughout the nation, and many popular accounts, Anderson begins with Greensboro and reveals how one event built upon another and exploded into the kaleidoscope of activism by the early 1970s.” -Publisher

Contents: [Pt. 1] The first wave: the surge, 1960-1968 — The struggle — The movement and the sixties generation — Days of decision — 1968: rip tides — [Pt. 2] The second wave: the crest, 1968 to the early 1970s — Counterculture — Power and liberation — The movement toward a new America — Legacies: The sea change.

New Encyclopedia of Social Reform …

Including all Social-Reform Movements and Activities, and the Economic, Industrial, and Sociological Facts and Statistics of all Countries and All Social Subjects

Bliss, W: D. P. ed.
Funk 1908        Dewey Dec.    303 Rf

Brief and clear statement of nearly every important reform movement of our age. By specialists and containing brief bibliographies. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904
“A useful popular work, intended for the general reader, not for the special student. Principal articles are by specialists and are signed, short articles are unsigned. Bibliographies are brief and refer principally to works in English. Contains many biographical sketches, including some of living men.” – Standard Catalog: Sociology Section (1918)

The Peril of the Republic; Are We Facing Revolution in the United States?

Brewer, Daniel Chauncey
NY: Putnam’s Sons 1922        Dewey Dec.    303

Social Movements of the 1960s: searching for democracy

Burns, Stewart
Twayne 1990        Dewey Dec.    303

“America was irrevocably changed by the 1960s civil rights, anti-war and feminist movements. This study examines them side by side, revealing their interdependence, common grassroots origins and cumulative impact. Burns clarifies how the struggle for black equality helped empower other causes and how the New Left gave rise to the peace movements as it fueled the tumultuous counterculture. He traces the history of each movement and makes conclusions about leadership, electoral politics and coalition-building.” -Publisher

Contents: We shall all be free — Everything is possible — Sisterhood is powerful — Bearing fruit — Readiness is all.

Presidential Elections, 1789-1996

Presidential Elections 1789-1996 book cover

Congressional Quarterly
Congressional Quarterly 1997         Dewey Dec.    324.6

Content: Statistics on every presidential election from 1789 to 1996.
The Electoral College — Electoral votes for president, 1789- 1996 — The popular vote — Popular vote returns for president, 1824-1996 — Presidential primary returns, 1912-96 — Nominating convention candidates — Political party nominees, 1931-1996 — Biographical directory of residential and vice presidential candidates.

Selected Articles on Direct Primaries

Selected Articles on Direct Primaries book cover

Fanning, C. E., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1918         Dewey Dec.    324.7

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines. Links for some popular magazines of the day are also available on this Century Past website at General serials (Magazines) and their indexes.

Selected Articles on Election of U.S. Senators

Selected Articles on the Election of U.S. Senators book cover

Fanning, C. E., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1912         Dewey Dec.    324.6

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines. Links for some popular magazines of the day are also available on this Century Past website at General serials (Magazines) and their indexes.

Woman and the Republic; a Survey of the Woman-suffrage Movement in the United States and a Discussion of the Claims and Arguments of its Foremost Advocates

Woman and the Republic book cover

Johnson, Helen Kendrick
Appleton 1897         Dewey Dec.    324.6

Asserts in 12 well written and outspoken chapters that woman suffrage is not in accord with true democratic principle. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Selected Articles on the Initiative and Referendum

Selected Articles on the Initiative and Referendum book cover

Phelps, Edith M., comp. 1914
H. W. Wilson         Dewey Dec.    328.2

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines. Links for some popular magazines of the day are also available on this Century Past website at General serials (Magazines) and their indexes.

Selected Articles on Woman Suffrage

Selected Articles on Woman Suffrage book cover

Phelps, Edith M., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1916         Dewey Dec.    324.6

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines. Links for some popular magazines of the day are also available on this Century Past website at General serials (Magazines) and their indexes.

“Common Sense” Applied to Woman Suffrage

Common Sense Applied to Woman Suffrage book cover

Putnam-Jacobi, Mary, M.D.
Putnam 1894         Dewey Dec.    324.6

Plea to the Constitutional convention of New York, 1894, for the political equality of women.
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904
“After John Stuart Mill’s classic work, it is, doubtless, the most comprehensive, clearly reasoned and lucidly stated argument in the favor of political equality for women that has yet been made.”
– Standard Catalog: Sociology Section (1918)

Women, Legal status, Suffrage, Women’s right to vote


U.S. Government

U.S. Politics & Government Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “U.S. Politics & Government”. Be patient as the page loads.

U.S. Congress Collection

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Our Federal Government: how it works

An introduction to the United States government

Our Federal Government How it Works Book Cover

Acheson, Patricia C.
Dodd, Mead 1984 Dewey Dec. 353

Why have a government? — The writing of the Constitution — The Preamble — The Constitution — The three branches of government — The development of the executive branch — Other White House groups — The executive departments — The development of the legislative branch of the United States government — The organization of the federal judiciary — The independent agencies — The federal government and the citizen — Appendix: The Constitution of the United States of America.

Describes the complexities of the United States government, from the basic elements of the Constitution, the three branches, and the Federal Judiciary, to the growth of the independent agencies.

The Century Book for Young Americans

Showing How a Party of Boys and Girls who Knew How to Use their Eyes and Ears Found Out all about the Government of the United States with pictures of some of the people and places that have made America famous

The Century Book for Young Americans Book Cover

Brooks, Elbridge S.
Century 1894 Dewey Dec. 353 Y

Under guise of a tour to Washington by a party of boys and girls, author describes actual workings of national government in its various departments. Photographic illustrations. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Guide to Congress

Guide to Congress book cover

Congressional Quarterly
Congressional Quarterly 2000         Dewey Dec.    328

Focusing on Congress, the United States’ supreme law-making body, this reference covers such issues as how media reporting has affected the ability of Congress to function; and how the GOP leadership and its region of dedicated conservatives changed the tenor of debate in Congress.
“To really understand Congress, there is nothing better than these large volumes.” -Booklist.

Contents: v. 1. pt. 1. Origins and development of Congress: ch. 1. Constitutional beginnings — ch. 2. History of the House — ch. 3. History of the Senate — pt. 2. Powers of Congress: ch. 4. Power of the purse — ch. 5. Foreign policy powers — ch. 6. Congressional investigations — ch. 7. Senate’s confirmation power — ch. 8. Regulation of commerce — ch. 9. Impeachment power — ch. 10. Constitutional amendments — ch. 11. Power to select the President — ch. 12. Seat of government — ch. 13. Miscellaneous powers — pt. 3. Congressional procedures: — ch. 14. Party leadership in Congress — ch. 15. Legislative process — ch. 16. Committee system — ch. 17. Congressional staff — pt. 4. Pressures on Congress: ch. 18. Constituency pressures — ch. 19. Media — ch. 20. Internal pressures — ch. 21. President — ch. 22. Supreme Court — ch. 23. Lobbying — v. 2. pt. 5. Housing and support: ch. 24. Capitol and office buildings — ch. 25. Library of Congress — ch. 26. Supporting organizations — pt. 6. Pay and perquisites: ch. 27. Pay and honoraria — ch. 28. Allowances and other benefits– pt. 7. Congress and the Electorate: ch. 29. Who elects Congress — ch. 30. Political parties and elections — ch. 31. Who gets elected — ch. 32. Campaign financing — ch. 33. Reapportionment and redistricting — pt. 8. Qualifications and conduct: ch. 34. Seating and disciplining — ch. 35. Ethics and criminal prosecutions — Appendix A: Constitution of the United States — Acts of Congress held unconstitutional — Rules of the House of Representatives, 106th Congress — Standing rules of the Senate, 106th Congress — Glossary of Congressional terms — How a bill becomes a law — Political party affiliations in Congress and the Presidency, 1789-1999 — Election results, Congress and the Presidency — Speakers of the House of Representatives — House Floor leaders, 1899-1999 — Senate Floor leaders, 1911-1999 — Congressional Committee Chairs since 1947 — Members of Congress who became President — Women members of Congress, 1917-1999 — Black members of Congress, 1870-1999 — Hispanic members of Congress, 1877-1999 — Recorded votes in the House and Senate, 1947-1998 — Attempted and successful cloture votes, 1919-1998 — House Discharge Petitions since 1931 — Sessions of the U.S. Congress, 1789-1999 — Lame Duck sessions since 1945 — Longest sessions of Congress — Joint sessions, joint meetings, and inaugurations, 1789-1999 — Special sessions of the Senate, 1789-1933 — Extraordinary sessions of Congress since 1797 — Congressional information on the Internet — Capitol floor plan — Map of Capitol Hill — Appendix B: Members of Congress, 1789-1999. Congressional statistics — Congressional rules — Glossary of Congressional terms — Judicial review — Lobbying.

The House and Senate Explained: The People’s Guide to Congress

The House and Senate Explained book cover

Greenberg, Ellen
Norton 1996

Dewey Dec.    328

Describes Congressional protocol, the layout of the chambers, daily and weekly activities, how a bill becomes law, and Internet access.

Contents: The stage and the players — The script — Some frequently heard phrases — The legislative day — The rocky road to passage — Reaching out — Surfing the Internet — Appendix: The committees of the House and Senate

The Next Government of the United States

The Next Government of the United States Book Cover

Kettl, Donald F.
Norton 2009 Dewey Dec. 351

“Kettl’s cogent and unbiased analysis of the failure of govt institutions posits that current challenges, whether in health care or disaster response, have outgrown the capacity of monolithic government agencies, even while the size of government continues to swell. He presents a balanced and unpartisan analysis of the Hurricane Katrina debacle, examining human error and generations of poor decision making as well as the intricacies of federalism and the organizational complexity of govt institutions.” -Pub Wkly

Guide to United States Government Legislative Documents in the Library of Congress

Library of Congress
Library of Congress 1992       

Introduction to United States Government Information Sources

An Annotated List of 1000 Titles with a full Analytical Index

Morehead, Joe
Libraries Unlimited 1999       

Congressional Quarterly’s Guide to the Presidency

Guide to the Presidency Book Cover

Nelson, Michael, ed.
Congressional Quarterly 1989 Dewey Dec. 351

“The history of the presidency; powers of the office …, the president as a public figure; relations with other branches of government; life in the white House; and many other topics are covered in 37 chapters authored by academic scholars.” -Booklist

The Presidency A to Z

The Presidency A to Z Book Cover

Nelson, Michael, ed.
Congressional Quarterly 2003 Dewey Dec. 351

Encyclopedia with more than 300 entries. It includes biographies of every president and many other individuals; explanations of broad concepts and powers; election coverage and analysis; discussions of presidential relations with Congress, the supreme Court, the bureaucracy, political parties, interest groups, the media, the public; explorations of the policies of each president.” -Back cover

Presidential power: the politics of leadership from FDR to Carter

Presidential Power Book Cover

Neustadt, Richard E.
Wiley 1980 Dewey Dec. 353

pt. 1. The original text. Leader or clerk? — Three cases of command — The power to persuade — Professional reputation — Public prestige — Two matters of choice — Men in office — The sixties come next — pt. 2. Later reflections. Appraising a president — Reappraising power — Hazards of transition

The Oxford Guide to the United States Government

Oxford Guide to the U.S. Government book cover

Patrick, John J.
Oxford 2001         Dewey Dec.    321

“Provides information on the American Presidency, Congress, and Supreme Court. Covers 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, it 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. Other entries define legal terms and phrases and elaborate on the wide array of government traditions.” -Publisher

Arrogant Capital: Washington, Wall Street, and the Frustration of American Politics

Arrogant Capital Book Cover

Phillips, Kevin
Little, Brown 1994 Dewey Dec. 351

“Phillips makes a convincing case that voters see Washington as the enemy because they can’t crack the interlock between interest-group power and the political system.” -NY Times Book Rev

Using Government Information Sources: Electronic and Print

Sears, Jean L; Moody, Marilyn K.
Oryx 2001       

The Congressional Record 1994 to Present

govinfo.gov
U.S. Govt. Printing Office Dewey Dec. 353

“The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. This site contains Congressional record volumes from 140 (1994) to the present. At the back of each daily issue is the “Daily Digest,” which summarizes the day’s floor and committee activities.” Congressional Record Home Page

U.S. Congress – Congressional Hearings 1961-62 to Present

govinfo.gov
U.S. Govt Printing Office Dewey Dec. 353

“A hearing is a meeting or session of a Senate, House, joint, or special committee of Congress, usually open to the public, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation, or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law. In addition, hearings may also be purely exploratory in nature, providing testimony and data about topics of current interest. govinfo contains contain select House and Senate hearings for the 104th Congress (1995-96) forward. Select hearings for previous congresses are also available.” Congressional Hearings Home Page

The Federal Register

Office of the Federal Register
U.S. Govt Printing Office Dewey Dec. 353

“Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) , the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.” -Federal Register Home Page

The United States Government Manual 1995-2018

The United States Government Manual 2013 Book Cover

Office of the Federal Register
U.S. Govt Publishing Office Dewey Dec. 353

“As the official handbook of the Federal Government, The U.S. Government Manual provides information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees.
A typical agency description includes a list of officials heading major operating units, a summary statement of the agency’s purpose and role in the Federal Government, a brief history of the agency, including its legislative or executive authority, and a description of its programs and activities, and information, addresses, and phone numbers to help users locate detailed information on consumer activities, contracts and grants, employment, publications, and other matters of public interest.” – Manual webpage

Click the 2018 edition of the manual, scroll down to the branch and agency you want, and click “XML” to get the online version, which includes thousands of live links. For help in searching the online manual, go to the site’s homepage, click “Read More” at the end of the first section (“About the U.S. Government Manual”).

Budget of the United States Government FY 1996 – FY 2020

Office of Management and Budget
U.S. Govt Printing Office Dewey Dec. 353

“The Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President’s budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year. Other related and supporting budget publications are included, which may vary from year to year.” -Budget of the U.S. Govt Home Page


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