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The Resource The class of '74 : Congress after Watergate and the roots of partisanship, John A. Lawrence

The class of '74 : Congress after Watergate and the roots of partisanship, John A. Lawrence

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The class of '74 : Congress after Watergate and the roots of partisanship
Title
The class of '74
Title remainder
Congress after Watergate and the roots of partisanship
Statement of responsibility
John A. Lawrence
Title variation
Class of 1974
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In November 1974, following the historic Watergate scandal, Americans went to the polls determined to cleanse American politics. Instead of producing the Republican majority foreshadowed by Richard Nixon<U+2019>s 1972 landslide, dozens of GOP legislators were swept out of the House, replaced by 76 reforming Democratic freshmen. In The Class of '74, John A. Lawrence examines how these newly elected representatives bucked the status quo in Washington, helping to effectuate unprecedented reforms. Lawrence<U+2019>s long-standing work in Congress afforded him unique access to former members, staff, House officers, journalists, and others, enabling him to challenge the time-honored reputation of the Class as idealistic, narcissistic, and na<U+00de>ive "Watergate Babies." Their observations help reshape our understanding of the Class and of a changing Congress through frank, humorous, and insightful opinions. These reformers provided the votes to disseminate power, elevate suppressed issues, and expand participation by junior legislators in congressional deliberations. But even as such innovations empowered progressive Democrats, the greater openness they created, combined with changing undercurrents in American politics in the mid-1970s, facilitated increasingly bitter battles between liberals and conservatives. These disputes foreshadowed contemporary legislative gridlock and a divided Congress. Today, many observers point to gerrymandering, special-interest money, and a host of other developments to explain the current dysfunction of American politics. In The Class of '74, Lawrence argues that these explanations fail to recognize deep roots of partisanship. To fully understand the highly polarized political environment that now pervades the House and American politics, we must examine the complex politics, including a more open and contentious House, that emerged in the wake of Watergate
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DLC
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1949-
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Lawrence, John A.
Dewey number
328.7309/047
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
JK1059 94th
LC item number
.L39 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • United States
  • United States
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The class of '74 : Congress after Watergate and the roots of partisanship, John A. Lawrence
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : we came here to take the Bastille -- Toothless, sapless, and secretive -- Seeds of rebellion -- The class : diverse and determined -- The reinforcements -- The revolution -- Time to put on the long pants -- Thermidor -- The Republican reformers -- Revolution or skirmish? -- Before you can save the world, save your seat -- Coda for reform -- Reform and the rise of polarization -- Conclusion : a hinge point in history
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 380 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781421424699
Lccn
2017022924
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1005832938
  • (OCoLC)1005832938
  • 2338650
Label
The class of '74 : Congress after Watergate and the roots of partisanship, John A. Lawrence
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : we came here to take the Bastille -- Toothless, sapless, and secretive -- Seeds of rebellion -- The class : diverse and determined -- The reinforcements -- The revolution -- Time to put on the long pants -- Thermidor -- The Republican reformers -- Revolution or skirmish? -- Before you can save the world, save your seat -- Coda for reform -- Reform and the rise of polarization -- Conclusion : a hinge point in history
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 380 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781421424699
Lccn
2017022924
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1005832938
  • (OCoLC)1005832938
  • 2338650

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