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Children's LiteratureFrom 1789 when Congress voted to create the department of Foreign Affairs, to the current State Department, this book offers a painless and easy-to-understand introduction to the position of the United States Secretary of State. The book begins with a brief discussion of the U.S. Constitution and the three branches of government, and goes on to include such varied topics as requirements for becoming secretary of state, where the secretary works, and people who help the secretary do his or her job. Two times of crisis for United States secretaries of state are examined-a 1799 dispute between President John Adams and Secretary of State Timothy Pickering, and the Cuban missile crisis- along with discussions about how the secretaries of state handled these crises. Included is a list of interesting facts about different secretaries of state, a schedule of a typical day for a modern secretary of state, a glossary and an index. As part of the "America's Leaders" series by Blackbirch Press, this book offers students of all ages a well-written, interesting jumping off point for understanding the workings of the United States government. 2002, Blackbirch Press/The Gale Group Inc, Ages 8 to 12.
— Rebecca Watson