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- DescriptionIt was a time of civil war and ecomic shift from an agrarian to an industrial society for the 1,390 speakers of state houses of representatives profiled in this unique biographical dictionary. The political climate and characteristics of the politicians as a group are surveyed in introductory material. This is followed by biographical entries which include a list of sources. The cumulated bibliography, arranged by state, is valuable...There is other such directory. Library Journal On the whole it is a useful compilation, providing a starting point for research into the lives of a cross-section of legislators in this period...A necessary purchase for research libraries; recommended to all academic libraries with strong collections in state history. Choice During the years 1850-1910, the United States evolved from an agrarian to an industrial political ecomy. By the end of the century, industrialization has shifted the entire political system toward national government power, beginning a trend that continues today. An understanding of the importance of state government and, in particular, of the lower houses of the legislatures at this time is crucial to an understanding of how American politics was transformed in the second half of the nineteenth century. This study compares the speakers of these influential nineteenth-century American political bodies and focuses on the legislative issues of the period. The largest collection of biographical data of its kind to date, the book profiles the 1,390 speakers in the period from 1850 to 1910. The collective career analysis of the individuals covered provides an unprecedented exploration of the socioecomic issues, the governmental processes, and the political behavior of the times to allow a more thorough understanding of the transition from an agrarian to an industrial state. This comprehensive study of state political power will provide fresh insight into the American legislative system of the latter half of the nineteenth century and will be of special value to scholars of American political history and political science.
- Author BiographyCHARLES F. RITTER is Professor and Chairman of the History Department at the College of Notre Dame in Maryland. JON L. WAKELYN is Professor and Chairman of the Department of History at the Catholic University of America. Among the works he has authored and edited are The Politics of a Literary Man (Greenwood, 1973), Biographical Dictionary of the Confederacy (Greenwood, 1977), and Southern Common People (Greenwood, 1980).
- Author(s)Charles Ritter,Jon L. Wakelyn
- Date of Publication26/09/1989
- SubjectGovernment & Constitution
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight1783 g
- Width156 mm
- Height240 mm
- Spine60 mm
- Edited byCharles F. Ritter,James H. Broussard,James Roger Sharp,Nancy Weatherly Sharp
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