Children's LiteratureDuring his thirty-seven years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Henry B. Gonzalez was a voice for the poor and downtrodden. He worked hard to make the United States a place where people were treated fairly, regardless of their skin color or the size of their bank accounts. He was the son of refugees from the Mexican Revolution and became the first Mexican-American to serve in the state senate since the earliest days of Texas statehood. His long career took him from racial segregation in the southern sates in the 1950s to following John F. Kennedy to Washington, D.C. as a congressman. Always taking action against racism through nonviolent means, he support the Civil Rights Act and an end to discrimination. He worked with President Johnson on the Model Cities program in the 1960s that aimed to solve the problem of poverty in America. He called for the impeachment of President Bush for his part in Iraqgate, for president Reagan after he sent U.S. troops onto the island nation of Grenada, and for Clinton for lying under oath. Gonzalez's career in Congress made him one of Washington's most familiar faces. There is a huge amount of historical material here with many illustrations, photographs, time lines and book/web sources. The glossary will help with unfamiliar words. It is a very comprehensive biography and is a beautiful book for any age. 2006, Compass Point Books, Ages 12 to 16.