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By Charles B. Cushman

What does Congress do? How does it do it? Why is it one of these advanced establishment? This concise primer deals scholars and common readers a short and systematic creation to Congress and the position it performs within the US political process. Drawing on his event as a former Congressional employees member, the writer explores the various political natures of the home and Senate, examines Congress's interplay with different branches of the government, and appears forward to the family and overseas demanding situations which are more likely to force the Congressional schedule for many years to return. The booklet offers revealing insights into the sometimes-contradictory Congressional tasks of illustration and lawmaking; oversight and appropriation; and coping with and organizing the govt. It features a case examine (on the formation of the dep. of fatherland safeguard) that sheds mild on Congress's often-complicated methods. The publication additionally contains boxed positive factors on Congressional motion - highlighting such subject matters as dossier sharing and scholar loans - that convey scholars how Congress's paintings impacts their lives. Chapter-ending lists of internet assets upload to the book's usefulness.

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They could see in George III’s actions the beginnings of the same path that had led to the tyranny of Charles I and Cromwell, and they would not stand for it. To preserve their rights as Englishmen, they had to fight against this rising tyranny from London. When Parliament, supporting the king, sought to force compliance with the new taxes, the colonists’ worst fears were realized: as the Whigs had after the Glorious Revolution, the colonists saw corruption at the root of the English government.

Since the end of the fighting, the king had been negotiating with Parliament over the terms of his return to the throne. 27 Parliament wanted the king to agree to specific limits on his power, but the king, despite his loss in the Civil War, refused to change his ways. He hoped that he could outlast his opponents in Parliament and return to power without being forced to accept limits on his authority. 28 Unfortunately for him, Oliver Cromwell saw through his designs, recognizing that the king “had amply proved himself to be an impossible person with whom to negotiate.

We need to know it, not just as students of politics, but also as American citizens. So read it before you go on to the meat of the book. Chapter 2 introduces the Framers and their times. The Framers’ fear of tyranny came from English history and their own experiences with King George III. They thought like Englishmen and their Constitution reflects an English answer to the challenges of self-government. The chapter closes with a review of American political development since 1789, with attention to developments in the House and Senate as they changed over time.

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