Committees in the U.S. Congress, 1789-1946: Select committees

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David T. Canon, Garrison Nelson
CQ Press, 2002 - Political Science - 1000 pages
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This four volume work presents the most comprehensive history ever of congressional committee membership. With a wealth of data never before assembled by scholars, this reference set details committee organization and membership in Congress from the first session in 1789 until the beginning of the modern period after World War II. The volumes complement the two volume set, published by CQ Press in 1993, listing committee rosters and assignments in the post-war years.

Now research libraries can have a complete collection of historical data available nowhere else in print. The new set, covering 1789 forward, details committee membership in Congress and the length of membership of each member.

lists all select committees in Congress. Much of Congress' business was conducted through these special committees until the modern period.

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David T. Canon is professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin Madison. His teaching and research interests focus on American political institutions, especially Congress, and racial representation. He is the author of "Actors, Athletes, and Astronauts: Political Amateurs in the United States Congress"; "Race, Redistricting, and Representation: The Unintended Consequences of Black Majority Districts" (winner of the Richard F. Fenno Prize); "The Dysfunctional Congress?" (with Kenneth Mayer); and various articles and book chapters. He recently finished a term as the Congress editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly. He is an AP consultant and has taught in the University of Wisconsin AP Summer Institute for U.S. Government and Politics since 1997. Professor Canon is the recipient of a University of Wisconsin chancellor's distinguished teaching award.

Charles Stewart teaches in the Department of Anthropology at University College London. He has conducted long-term field research in Greece and is the author of Demons and the Devil: Moral Imagination in Modern Greek Culture (Princeton University Press, 1991) and the editor (with Rosalind Shaw) of Syncretism/Anti-Syncretism (Routledge, 1994).

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