Legislative Branch

eBooks

The Center for Legislative Archives has a selection of eBooks available for use in and outside of the classroom:

America and the World: Foreign Affairs in Political Cartoons, 1898–1940
Congress Creates the Bill of Rights
Representing Congress: Clifford K. Berryman's Political Cartoons


America and the World: Foreign Affairs in Political Cartoons, 1898–1940

America and the World presents 63 political cartoons by Clifford K. Berryman that invite students to discuss American foreign policy from the Spanish American War to the start of World War II. Berryman was a remarkably creative artist who published a cartoon almost every day for more than 50 years. From 1896 to 1949, his cartoons were featured on the front pages of leading Washington, DC, daily newspapers — first the Washington Post and then The Evening Star. This eBook presents a selection of cartoons that show Berryman’s insight into the people, institutions, issues, and events that shaped an important era of American history.

Chapters include:
  War with Spain and the Age of Imperialism 1898-1899
  The Era of the Big Stick and Dollar Diplomacy 1900 – 1913
  World War I Begins in Europe 1914 – 1916
  America Enters World War I in 1917
  America at War in Europe 1918
  The Post-War Quest for Peace 1919 –1938
  Storm Clouds Gathering: World War II on the Horizon 1939–1940

Download America and the World: Foreign Affairs in Political Cartoons, 1898-1940

Use the eBook in your classroom with our review activity, Studying U.S. Foreign Policy through Political Cartoons.


Congress Creates the Bill of Rights

The eBook focuses on James Madison's leadership role in creating the Bill of Rights, effectively completing the U.S. Constitution. Starting with the crises facing the nation in the 1780s, the narrative traces the call for constitutional amendments from the state ratification conventions. Through close examination of the featured document, Senate Revisions to the House Proposed  Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the reader goes inside the First Congress, as Madison and the leaders of rival political factions worked in the House and Senate to formulate amendments to change the recently ratified Constitution. It was created as part of the Congress Creates the Bill of Rights project.

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Representing Congress: Clifford K. Berryman's Political Cartoons

Representing Congress is an eBook which presents a selection of political cartoons and learning resources to engage students in a discussion of what Congress is, how it works, and what it does.

Clifford and Jim Berryman were among Washington's best-known and most-admired graphic political commentators from 1898 to 1965. Clifford K. Berryman drew for the Washington Post from 1890 until 1907, and then for the Evening Star from 1907 until his death in 1949. His son, Jim, joined the Evening Star in 1935 and drew for the paper until his retirement in 1965, winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1950. Berryman cartoons touched on a variety of subjects including politics, Presidential and congressional elections, both World Wars, and even Washington weather.

Chapters include:
  Congress and the Constitution: Articles I and II Illustrated
  Congress: the Elected, Representative Branch of Government
  Congress: Making Laws for the Nation
  Congress and the President: Balancing Articles I and II
  The Two-Party System in Congress
  A Member's Job: Representing the People and the States

Download Representing Congress: Clifford K. Berryman's Political Cartoons

Use the eBook in your classroom with our lesson, Congress Represented in Political Cartoons.

Use the eBook in your classroom with our review activity, Big Civics Ideas through Political Cartoons.


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