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Historical dictionary of United States political parties
Bass, Harold Franklin.
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [2000]

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xxvi, 389 pages ; 23 cm.
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JK2261 .B345 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Provides concise entries on the parties, major and minor, past and present, and those who ran them. This includes all of the presidents and vice presidents, whomever won presidential votes in the electoral college, congressional party leaders, and national party chairs. Other entries explain the workings of the parties and familiar jargon. The dictionary is embedded in a broad study of the system in the introduction, a chronology placing events in their context, and a list of acronyms. Equally important is a well-structured bibliography covering the party system, the parties and their leadership.

Author Notes

Harold F. Bass Jr. is the Moody Professor of Pre-Law Studies and chair of the Department of Political Science and the Division of Social Science at Ouachita Baptist University

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Bass's dictionary is unique in providing brief biographical sketches of officials of both major parties (who may or may not be listed elsewhere) and concise definitions of the professional vocabulary of US politics. It begins with a list of acronyms and a brief chronology of dates significant in the history of US politics. It includes 14 appendixes--lists of presidents and vice presidents, speakers of the House, floor leaders of both houses, chairs of both major and minor national parties, and statistical summaries of both popular and electoral votes back to the 18th century. It concludes with a 30-page bibliography arranged by subject and by chronological period, of which the author distinguishes six. Easy to use and comprehensive, this dictionary is recommended as a compact source of information about US politics. D. W. Heron; emeritus, University of California

Table of Contents

Jon Woronoff
Series Editor's Forewordp. vii
List of Acronymsp. ix
Chronologyp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Dictionaryp. 15
A. Presidents of the United States, 1789-2000p. 293
B. Vice Presidents of the United States, 1789-2000p. 295
C. Speakers of the House of Representatives, 1789-2000p. 297
D. Presidents Pro Tempore of the Senate, 1789-2000p. 305
E. Floor Leaders, House of Representatives, 1899-2000p. 317
F. Floor Leaders, Senate, 1911-2000p. 321
G. Democratic National Conventions, 1832-1996p. 325
H. Republican National Conventions, 1856-1996p. 329
I. Democratic National Committee Chairs, 1848-2000p. 333
J. Republican National Committee Chairs, 1856-2000p. 335
K. Electoral Votes for President, 1789-1996p. 339
L. Popular Votes for President, 1824-1996p. 347
M. Minor Party Nominees and Independent Candidates Receiving Electoral College Votes, 1808-1996p. 355
N. Minor Parties and Independent Candidates with 5 Percent of Popular Vote for President, 1848-1996p. 357
Select Bibliographyp. 359
About the Authorp. 389