Congressional Lions: Trailblazing Members of Congress and How They Shaped American History (Paperback)J. Michael Martinez (author)
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Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 266
Weight: 417 g
Dimensions: 222 x 151 x 16 mm
"Although it is difficult to remember in the current confrontation between the President and the legislative branch of government, Members of Congress have been as influential, and sometimes more influential, than a particular president in shaping American public policy. Although unpopular, politically polarized and gridlocked, we need to know more about Congress and its members. To rectify this, J. Michael Martinez examines the role and political context of twelve "congressional lions" from James Madison to Ted Kennedy. The books seeks to understand how these members influenced the House of Representatives and the Senate and, by extension, the nation. Martinez adroitly addresses the differences, commonalities, and political context of these noteworthy members in his lively and insightful book." -- James A. Thurber, Distinguished Professor, American University
In an era when so much focus is placed on the executive branch, J. Michael Martinez's timely work profiles several trailblazers and mavericks, whose work in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate helped transform American society and politics. In revisiting the achievements of, among others, Thomas Hart Benton, the iconoclastic expansionist, Carter Glass, the Virginia segregationist who championed Progressive Era economic reforms, and Robert F. Wagner, the New Deal Democrat from New York responsible for the National Labor Relations Act, Congressional Lions provides a critical reminder of Congress' preeminent role in America's rise from upstart nation to global superpower. -- James J. Wyatt, Director, Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education
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