By Nelson Lichtenstein
For greater than thirty years Nelson Lichtenstein has deployed his scholarship—on exertions, politics, and social thought—to chart the background and clients of a revolutionary the United States. a competition of rules collects and updates lots of Lichtenstein's such a lot provocative and arguable essays and reports. those incisive writings hyperlink the destiny of the exertions circulate to the alterations within the form of global capitalism, to the increase of the civil rights stream, and to the activists and intellectuals who've performed such vital roles. Tracing wide styles of political proposal, Lichtenstein bargains vital views at the courting of work and the kingdom, the tensions that usually exist among a tradition of rights and the belief of cohesion, and the increase of conservatism in politics, legislation, and highbrow existence. the amount closes with images of 5 activist intellectuals whose paintings has been very important to the conflicts that interact the hard work stream, public coverage, and political tradition.
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In turn, legislators tend to join with others of their own party to enact or block legislation; to develop and maintain a good reputation with the public; and to seek or retain majority control. Plainly, a great deal of representation occurs through the party mechanisms. Although we do not often speak of a white-male, lawyer-dominated Congress, many people are conscious of the composition of Congress beyond its partisan or ideological makeup. A farming background is important for candidates in many areas of the country, whereas a union background is important in other areas.
THE AMERICAN CONGRESS 17 American, Representative Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Chickasaw Nation, remained in Congress in 2011. Cole was elected chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, his party’s campaign committee, in late 2006, which he gave up after the 2008 elections. The presence of more women and minorities has changed the mix of voices heard in congressional debates. Social and economic problems seem to be more frequently discussed in the first person today – that is, more members refer to their personal experience when addressing their colleagues and constituents.
Above: The caning of Charles Sumner (R-Massachusetts) by Preston Brooks (D-South Carolina). Brooks was upset by Sumner’s speech against slavery. Below: Cartoonist rendition of the first brawl on the House floor between Matthew Lyon (Democratic-Republican-Vermont) and Roger Griswold (Federalist-Connecticut). Lyon allegedly spit in Griswold’s face after a heated debate, and Griswold responded by attacking Lyon with a cane. Mayhem ensued as Lyon fought back with a fireplace poker as other House members looked on.
A Contest of Ideas: Capital, Politics, and Labor by Nelson Lichtenstein