You Are the Senator
You Are the Senator

Series: Great Decisions   

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Annotation: Examines eight historic decisions of the United States Senate: Prohibition, the Social Security Act, the Taft-Hartley Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, direct election of the president, the War Powers Act, the Gramm-Rudman bill, and the Brady bill.
Catalog Number: #3312329
Format: Library Binding
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Publisher: Oliver Press
Copyright Date: 1997
Edition Date: c1997
Pages: 160 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-88150-836-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-88150-836-6
Dewey: 328.73
LCCN: 96004569
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
SERIES LAST REVIEWED IN BKL Ap 1 94, under Aaseng, Nathan. Gr. 710. (Reviewed April 15, 1997)
Horn Book
Using the historical background provided, the reader casts a vote in eight twentieth-century congressional decisions, including the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Brady gun control bill. A follow-up text tells how the Senate actually voted and what the ramifications of the decision were. More accessible than other volumes in the series, the unattractive book includes murky black-and-white photographs. Bib., ind.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up--Members of the United States Senate often have to tackle major public-policy issues at times of great public debate and division. Here Aaseng discusses eight major decisions made by the Senate in the 20th century: Prohibition, the Social Security Act, the Taft-Hartley bill, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, direct election of the President, the War Powers resolution, the Gramm-Rudman bill, and the Brady bill. As he has done in his books about decision-making by presidents, generals, and Supreme Court justices, the author provides just enough background information for readers to consider three options in each situation. He then reveals the Senate's vote and the historical consequences. The format balances the interests of those on all sides of each question, and effectively portrays the emotions of the public and the decision makers. Much of this material will be new to this audience, as history textbooks ordinarily do not provide this depth of information. Period photographs and portraits of key players break up the text. A brief description of how a bill becomes law and a couple of web sites (already superseded by others) round out the presentation. However, Donald Ritchie's The Senate (Chelsea, 1988) does a better job of covering the sweep of history with wider-ranging analysis. Thus, it is superior for reports, although the popularity of Aaseng's other incident-based books should guarantee this one a place in libraries.--Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 152-154) and index.
Word Count: 23,601
Reading Level: 10.0
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 10.3 / points: 5.0 / quiz: 42540 / grade: Upper Grades

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