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Atlas of American politics, 1960-2000
Archer, J. Clark.
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Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, [2002]

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1 atlas (xiii, 242 pages) : color illustrations maps (some color) ; 29 cm
Contemporary government and politics: geographical background -- Presidential elections -- Congress -- Executive branch -- Judiciary -- The political culture of states -- Foreign policy -- Social and economic policy.
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The Atlas of American Politics offers comprehensive coverage of district, state, and federal information sought by students, scholars, journalists, activists, and the public. Important statistics from the 1960-2000 U.S. censuses (which allows for the comparison of political administrations from the sixties forward) and other data sources are joined in more than 150 maps. The book balances the data by including historically situated text, offering unparalleled visual and textual explanation of recent American politics and government and their impact on American life. Coverage begins with background on contemporary politics and government and moves through discussions of presidential elections; Congress; the executive and judicial branches; federal, state, and local government; foreign policy; and social and economic policy.

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Booklist Review

Prolong your millennial celebration with the 2000 update of a reference classic and a new look at U.S. politics from the perspective of geography scholars. The latest volume of America at the Polls extends the coverage of this venerable publication through the end of the century. Following its established format, the front section contains summary tables of the state-by-state popular and Electoral College vote for each election from 1920 to 2000. A chapter for each state and the District of Columbia follows. Each chapter includes a summary of the statewide popular and Electoral College vote for all elections from 1920 to 2000, a handy county outline map that will be useful for homework assignments and other reference needs, and the county-by-county details of each election from 1960 to 2000. (Detailed returns for 1920 to 1956 are covered in a separate volume.) A separate section on presidential primaries provides the primary vote totals for all candidates by state and a chronological list of votes for all Democratic and Republican candidates who received at least 10,000 votes nationwide. America at the Polls is a handy compendium of presidential election statistics and is an essential reference source for political researchers at all levels. The small amount of new content added every four years for the hefty price is a concern. Perhaps CQ will begin a third volume, with a proportionately smaller price tag, with the 2004 elections. Four geography professors collaborated on Atlas of American Politics, which examines U.S. government and politics at the congressional district, state, and national levels from a combined historical, geographical, and political perspective. More than 200 maps from a variety of governmental and private sources show the relationship between the nation's geography and its political life. Topics include presidential elections, party affiliation, votes on significant legislation, voter turnout, participation in politics by women and minorities, foreign aid, trade, health, education, crime, and the environment. Visual learners will be attracted by the maps, while the accompanying text provides details and numbers as well as a historical context. Even though much of the information is available elsewhere (e.g., U.S. Census Bureau, National Center for Health Statistics), this book provides a unique look at U.S. politics during the last 40 years and will be useful to students and researchers from the high-school level up.

Choice Review

In an age and society defined by information, where easy access to information is paramount to success and everyday living, this work finds a niche. Its concise statistical compilations are accompanied by easily understood graphical and pictorial representations. The work examines many aspects of US government (e.g., presidential elections, foreign policy, social and economic policy, and federal, state, and local government) from historical, geographical, and political perspectives. The book concentrates on the last four decades of the 20th century. Its breadth and scope will appeal to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. Highly recommended for all libraries. W. Jakub Franciscan University of Steubenville

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Tables, Figures, and Boxesp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Contemporary Government and Politics: Geographical Backgroundp. 9
Chapter 2 Presidential Electionsp. 55
Chapter 3 Congressp. 87
Chapter 4 Executive Branchp. 119
Chapter 5 Judiciaryp. 132
Chapter 6 The Political Culture of Statesp. 143
Chapter 7 Foreign Policyp. 174
Chapter 8 Social and Economic Policyp. 196
Map Sourcesp. 233
Indexp. 237