Students Guide To Elections / Edition 1

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VOYA - Christine Sanderson
In this first series volume, Schulman takes a three-part approach to the topic of United States' elections. He opens with three essays on the Electoral College, the role of political parties, and American democracy. His second part covers more than one hundred election-related topics in alphabetical order, including the presidential elections from 1789 to the 2008 campaign. The third part comprises a collection of primary source documents related to topics covered in the book. This second, alphabetical portion is the text's most comprehensive section. An American election is so broad a subject that it is impossible to explore every aspect of the process. Instead the author takes a novel approach by covering traditional topics such as the presidency as well as original issues such as faithless electors. Inserts include Decision Makers, biographical sketches of important political figures such as Harry Reid; Spotlight, brief essays about topics of special interest such as The Carter Center and the election of 1960; Justice for All, discussions of legal challenges such as Florida's 13th district representation in the 2006 election; and Point / Counterpoint, pairs of essays covering both sides of an issue such as the 2000 election and concluding with a document-based question. A topical reader's guide dividing the alphabetical listing into eleven key concepts is also provided. For student researchers in junior and senior high school, this book provides a thorough introduction to the political process. Also available is Student's Guide to Congress. Reviewer: Christine Sanderson
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In this first volume in a four-part series, three intriguing opening essays address the role of political parties, the electoral college/popular vote debate, and "Majority Rule vs. Minority Rights." The 153 entries mostly cover presidential elections from 1789 to 2004, and also provide substantial information related to the electoral process; followed by cross-references and further-reading suggestions. Boxed extras include "Point/Counterpoint," "Document Based Question," and "Decision Makers." The last section offers political cartoons, original speeches, amendments, and other primary resources, as well as helpful research guidelines. Informative black-and-white charts, graphs, tables, maps, and photos are included throughout. This clearly written, well-organized work is a one-stop source that will support the American government curriculum.-Cara Moffett, Freelance Reviewer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872895522
  • Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/3/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 401
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 10.89 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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