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Political Issues

Urbanization Collection

About 400 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Urbanization. Some books: Urbanization in the Americas, Urbanization in Nigeria, Life and Politics in Metropolitan America, Urbanization in Newly Developing Countries, Essays on World Urbanization, The Urban Caribbean, West African Urbanization, The New Chinese City, Urbanization in Australian history 1788-1900, The City in American Life, Urban Society, Asian Urbanization: a Hong Kong casebook, Urban Sociology in Canada, The Urbanization of Japanese Labor 1868-1955, The Urban Informal Sector in Latin America, The City in Modern Africa, The Changing Canadian Inner City, Making Sense of Urban Theory, The Black Urban Condition, The Urban South: a history, The Rise of Modern City Culture in 19th Century America, Urban Society, Urban Economics, Urban Colonialism and the World-Economy, many more.

Gun Control Collection

About 110 free online books on the subject of “Gun Control”. Some books: Gun Violence, Arizona Gun Owner’s Guide, Things You Can Do to Defend Your Gun Rights, Guns in America, Unintended Consequences, How to Own a Gun and Stay Out of Jail, Guns in Your Home, 50 Things You Can Do about Guns, People For and Against Gun Control, The Gun Culture and Its Enemies, Can Gun Control Work?, The Politics of Gun Control, The Case for Banning Handguns, Targeting Guns: firearms and their control, many more.

Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What it Means for America

Carr, Patrick J. and Kefalas, Maria
Beacon 2009 Dewey Dec. 307

“Discusses the hollowing out of small-town America, a phenomenon in which young people graduate from high school and leave their small hometowns, many never to return, and discusses why it is important to the country to keep rural heartland towns growing and thriving.
In a timely, new afterword, Carr and Kefalas address the question “so what can be done to save our communities?” They profile the efforts of dedicated community leaders actively resisting the hollowing out of Middle America. These individuals have creatively engaged small town youth–stayers and returners, seekers and achievers–and have implemented a variety of programs to combat the rural brain drain.nbsp; These stories of civic engagement will certainly inspire and encourage readers struggling to defend their communities.” -Publisher

Contents: Introduction : the heartland and the rural youth exodus — The achievers — The stayers — The seekers — The returners — Conclusion : what can be done to save small towns?.

Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream

Duany, Andres; Plater-Zyberk, Elizabeth and Speck, Jeff
North Point 2000 Dewey Dec. 307

A manifesto by America’s most controversial and celebrated town planners, proposing an alternative model for community design.
There is a growing movement in North America to put an end to suburban sprawl and to replace the automobile-based settlement patterns of the past fifty years with a return to more traditional planning principles. This movement stems not only from the realization that sprawl is ecologically and economically unsustainable but also from a growing awareness of sprawl’s many victims: children, utterly dependent on parental transportation if they wish to escape the cul-de-sac; the elderly, warehoused in institutions once they lose their driver’s licenses; the middle class, stuck in traffic for two or more hours each day.
Founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk are at the forefront of this movement, and in Suburban Nation they assess sprawl’s costs to society, be they ecological, economic, aesthetic, or social.

Contents: What is sprawl, and why? — The devil is in the details — The house that sprawl built — The physical creation of society — The American transportation mess — Sprawl and the developer — The victims of sprawl — The city and the region — The inner city — How to make a town — What is to be done — Appendix A: The traditional neighborhood development checklist — Appendix B: The congress for the new urbanism.

The Encyclopedia of Censorship

Green, Jonathan
Facts on File 2005 Dewey Dec. 363.3

Although censorship may seem like a thing of the past, current controversies over books, movies, and websites prove it to be a very timely and critical issue. The Encyclopedia of Censorship presents a full range of information about the history and evolution of censorship and its role in society today. Covering all forms of expression from the past to the present, from the office of the censor in ancient Rome to the Internet in the computer age, this completely current reference examines every facet of this complex subject.

Gun Control

Henderson, Harry
Facts on File 2000 Dewey Dec. 363.3

This examination of the history and issues of gun control “includes an annotated bibliography, chronology, glossary, biographical listing, a chapter on how to research the topic, laws and court cases, and a list of applicable organizations and agencies.” -Publisher

The City in History: Its Origins, its Transformations, and its Prospects

Mumford, Lewis
Harcourt, Brace 1961 Dewey Dec. 307

“More than a history of the forms and functions of the city throughout the ages, this is a portrait of the development of man as a religious, a political, an economic, a cultural, and a sexual being.” The classic study of the city — its origins, its transformations, and its prospects. Winner of the National Book Award.

Contents: Sanctuary, village, and stronghold — The crystallization of the city — Ancestral forms and patterns — The nature of the ancient city — Emergence of the polis — Citizen versus ideal city — Helleinistic absolutism and urbanity — Megalopolis into necropolis — Cloister and community — Medieval urban housekeeping — Medieval disruptions, modern anticipations — The structure of baroque power — Court, parade, and capital — Commercial expansion and urban dissolution — Paleotechnic paradise : Coketown — Suburbia-and beyond — The myth of megalopolis — Retrospect and prospect.

The Builders: Houses, People, Neighborhoods, Governments, Money

Mayer, Martin
Norton 1978 Dewey Dec. 363

Housing policy, Urban renewal, City planning, Construction industry, Federal aid to community development, Urban economics

Selected Articles on Restriction of Immigration

Phelps, Edith M., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1920 Dewey Dec. 325.1

See the note on the similar book below by Mary Katharine Reely.

Selected Articles on Immigration

Reely, Mary Katharine, comp.
H. W. Wilson 1917 Dewey Dec. 325.1

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines. Links for some popular magazines of the day are also available on this Century Past website at General serials (Magazines) and their indexes.

Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History is Reshaping our World

Saunders, Doug
Pantheon 2010 Dewey Dec. 307

Look around: the largest migration in human history is under way. For the first time ever, more people are living in cities than in rural areas. Between 2007 and 2050, the world’s cities will have absorbed 3.1 billion people. Urbanization is the mass movement that will change our world during the twenty-first century, and the “arrival city” is where it is taking place.
The arrival city exists on the outskirts of the metropolis, in the slums, or in the suburbs; the American version is New York’s Lower East Side of a century ago or today’s Herndon County, Virginia. These are the places where newcomers try to establish new lives and to integrate themselves socially and economically.
Saunders takes us on a tour of these vital centers, from Maryland to Shenzhen, from the favelas of Rio to the shantytowns of Mumbai, from Los Angeles to Nairobi. He uncovers the stories—both inspiring and heartbreaking—of the people who live there, and he shows us how the life or death of our arrival cities will determine the shape of our future.

Contents: On the edge of the city — Outside in : the lives of the new city — Arriving at the top of the pyramid — The urbanization of the village — The first great migration : how the west arrived — The death and life of a great arrival city — When the margins explode — The new city confronts the old world — Arrival’s end : mud floor to middle class — Arriving in style.

Extracts of Letters from Poor Persons who Emigrated Last Year to Canada and the United States. Printed for the Information of the Labouring Poor, and their Friends in this Country

Scrope, G. Poulett
London: Ridgway, 1832 Dewey Dec. 325.1

Working and living conditions for laborers in Britain and Ireland in 1830 were very poor, and unemployment was high. The editor produced this collection to encourage the poor to emigrate to the U.S. and Canada, where opportunities for the unskilled were much better. The short extracts contain information about work availability, wages, cost of living, and living conditions experienced by British and Irish immigrants to various places in North America.

Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights

Utter, Glenn H.
Oryx 2000 Dewey Dec. 363.3

“A listing of the court cases, personalities, laws, and groups involved in the regulation of guns. The book begins with an essay on the issues in the gun-control battle and a short guide to the court cases and groups involved, placing them in the opposing camps.” -Libr J.


Local & State Government

Public Administration Collection

About 1,600 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Public Administration”. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: Teaching Public Administration and Public Policy, Current Issues in Public Administration, Managing Public Programs, Public Health Administration and Practice, Canadian Public Administration, Public Health, Public Administration of Recreational Services, Administration of Public Airports, Public Personnel Administration, Mastering Public Administration, Implementing Public Policy, Inside Bureaucracy, U.S. Government Manual, many more.

Municipal Government Collection

About 400 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Municipal Government. Some books: About the People Who Run Your City, American City Government, Practice of Municipal Administration, Efficiency in City Government, City Politics, Town Government in Vermont, American Cities: their method of business, The City-Manager Profession, The Politics of American Cities, Urban Politics in America, Municipal Government in the U.S., Your Mayor: local government in action, Urban Canada and its government, Running City Hall, City Politics and Planning, many more.

Local Government Collection

About 450 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Local Government. Some books: Local Government in the Modern World, Local Government, California State & Local Government in Crisis, The Michigan Township Board, Local Government in Georgia, Indiana State and Local Government, Local Government in Southern Nigeria, Local Government in China under the Ch’ing, Local Politics, Local Government in 19th Century Ireland, City Politics, Intro to French Local Government, Survey of Rural Local Government in New Zealand, History of Local Government in England, New York State and the Metropolitan Problem, many more.

City Planning Collection

Nearly 1,000 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “City Planning”. Some Books: The Future Use of Urban Land, The City Planning Process, Urban Planning in the 1960s, Washington: design of the federal city, Cities and Planning in the Ancient Near East, Town Planning in London, A New Theory of Urban Design, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Urban Planning and Municipal Public Policy, The City in the World of the Future, Rebuilding Cities, The Community Builders, Origins of Modern Town Planning, many more.

State Governments Collection

About 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of State Governments. Some books: The Book of the States, State Government, Provincial Politics in Canada, Reorganization of State Governments in the U.S., State Constitutions: the structure of administration, The Government of the Australian States, How States Make Laws, Politics in States and Communities, State and Local Politics, State Fact Finder, many more.

Municipal Monopolies: A Collection of Papers by American Economists and Specialists

Bemis, E. W. ed.
Crowell 1899 Dewey Dec. 352

Papers by experts on waterworks, electric and gas lighting, the telephone, and street railways. Favors municipal ownership. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Bibliography of Municipal Problems and City Conditions

Brooks, R. C.
Reform club 1901 Dewey Dec. 016.3 Rf

Public Administration in Modern Society

Corson, John J.
McGraw-Hill 1963 Dewey Dec. 353

The Book of the States 2012

Council of State Governments
Council of State Governments 2012 Dewey Dec. 353.9

“In addition to general articles on various aspects of state government, this source provides many statistical and directory data, the principal state officials, and such information as the nickname, motto, flower, bird, etc of each state.” Ref Sources …
Content: Introduction — State constitutions — Federalism and intergovernmental relations — State legislative branch — State executive branch — State judicial branch — Elections — State finance — State management and administration — Selected state policies and programs — State pages — Index

Public Service

Garfield, James Rudolph, ed.
Hall and Locke 1911 Dewey Dec. 350

Volume 6 in a 10-vol. series called “Vocations” edited by William DeWitt Hyde. This volume contains 5 parts; “Good Citizenship”, “Municipal Service”, “The Civil and Foreign Service”, “Army and Navy” and “Charities and Corrections”. Each part has five to seven essays by different people.

Protecting America’s health: The FDA, Business, and One Hundred Years of Regulation

Hilts, Philip J.
Knopf 2003 Dewey Dec. 353

In this history of the Food and Drug Administration, Philip J. Hilts analyzes the century-long, continuing struggle to establish scientific standards as the basis for policymaking on food and drugs. The agency, which emerged out of the era of the robber barons and Theodore Roosevelt’s desire to “civilize capitalism,” was created to stop the trade in adulterated meats and quack drugs. In addition to highlighting the essential role the FDA plays in making sure that food and drugs are safe and effective, Protecting America’s Health shows that FDA regulation, far from stifling innovation–as critics feared–has actually accelerated it.

Selected Articles on Municipal Ownership

Johnsen, Julia E., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1918 Dewey Dec. 352

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org.

Selected Articles on the City Manager Plan of Government

Mabie, Edward Charles, comp.
H. W. Wilson 1918 Dewey Dec. 352

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

American Government 2e

OpenStax
OpenStax

Designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the single-semester American Government course. This title includes innovative features designed to enhance student learning, including Insider Perspective features and a Get Connected module that shows students how they can get engaged in the political process.” -Website

Selected Articles on Commission Plan of Municipal Government

Robbins, E. Clyde, comp.
H. W. Wilson 1910 Dewey Dec. 352

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.


Politics

Civil Rights Movements Collection

About 350 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Civil Rights Movements. Some books: Knowing Your Civil Rights, A History of the American Civil Rights Movement, Civil Rights Chronicle: the African American Struggle for Freedom, The Poetry and Politics of China’s Democracy Movement, The Struggle for Civil Rights, The Freedom Riders, The Civil Rights Movement and the People Who Made It, Eyes on the Prize, Race & Democracy, Walls Come Tumbling Down, Freedom’s Children, Black in Selma, Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, many more.

U.S. Political Parties Collection

About 150 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Political Parties – United States”. Some books: The Two-Party System in the U.S., Political Parties and Political Behavior, Parties, Politics and Public Policy in America, Political Parties and Pressure Groups, Evolution of American Political Parties, National Party Conventions, Political Parties and Elections in the U.S., Labor and Farmer Parties in the U.S., The Republican Party in American Politics, Political Parties and the State, many more.

Democratic Party U.S. Collection

About 150 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Democratic Party U.S. Some books: The Democratic Party in American Politics, A Democrat Looks at his Party, The History of the Democratic Party, The Democratic Party in America, What’s Wrong with the Democrats and How to Fix It, How a Progressive Democratic Party Can Win and Govern, Blue Dixie, The Emerging Democratic Majority, The Democratic Party in Transition 1918-1932, The Death of Liberalism, Architects of Ruin, Positively American, The Democrats from Jefferson to Clinton, many more.

The Debaters’ Handbook Series

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

– Selected Articles on Capital Punishment

-Selected Articles on Child Labor

– Selected Articles on Compulsory Insurance

– Selected Articles on the Conservation of Natural Resources

– Selected Articles on the Employment of Women

– Selected Articles on Government Ownership of Telegraph and Telephone

– Selected Articles on Immigration

– Selected Articles on the Income Tax, with special reference to graduation and exemption

– Selected Articles on Minimum Wage

– Selected Articles on National Defense

– Selected Articles on Unemployment

– Selected Articles on Woman Suffrage

Democracy and Social Ethics

Addams, Jane
Macmillan 1902 Dewey Dec. 303

Contents: Charitable effort; Filial relations: Household adjustment; Industrial amelioration; Educational methods; Political reform. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Contents: Charitable effort — Filial relations — Household adjustment — Industrial amelioration — Educational methods — Political reform.

The Movement and the Sixties

Protest in America from Greensboro to Wounded Knee

Anderson, Terry H.
Oxford 1995 Dewey Dec. 303

“It began in 1960 with the Greensboro sit-ins. By 1973, when a few Native Americans rebelled at Wounded Knee and the U.S. Army came home from Vietnam, it was over. In between came Freedom Rides, Port Huron, the Mississippi Summer, Berkeley, Selma, Vietnam, the Summer of Love, Black Power, the Chicago Convention, hippies, Brown Power, and Women’s Liberation–The Movement–in an era that became known as The Sixties. Why did millions of Americans become activists; why did they take to the streets?
These are questions Terry Anderson explores in The Movement and The Sixties, a searching history of the social activism that defined a generation of young Americans and that called into question the very nature of “America.” Drawing on interviews, “underground” manuscripts colleceted at campuses and archives throughout the nation, and many popular accounts, Anderson begins with Greensboro and reveals how one event built upon another and exploded into the kaleidoscope of activism by the early 1970s.” -Publisher

Contents: [Pt. 1] The first wave: the surge, 1960-1968 — The struggle — The movement and the sixties generation — Days of decision — 1968: rip tides — [Pt. 2] The second wave: the crest, 1968 to the early 1970s — Counterculture — Power and liberation — The movement toward a new America — Legacies: The sea change.

New Encyclopedia of Social Reform …

Including all Social-Reform Movements and Activities, and the Economic, Industrial, and Sociological Facts and Statistics of all Countries and All Social Subjects

Bliss, W: D. P. ed.
Funk 1908 Dewey Dec. 303 Rf

Brief and clear statement of nearly every important reform movement of our age. By specialists and containing brief bibliographies. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904
“A useful popular work, intended for the general reader, not for the special student. Principal articles are by specialists and are signed, short articles are unsigned. Bibliographies are brief and refer principally to works in English. Contains many biographical sketches, including some of living men.” – Standard Catalog: Sociology Section (1918)

The Peril of the Republic; Are We Facing Revolution in the United States?

Brewer, Daniel Chauncey
NY: Putnam’s Sons 1922 Dewey Dec. 303

Social Movements of the 1960s: Searching for Democracy

Burns, Stewart
Twayne 1990 Dewey Dec. 303

“America was irrevocably changed by the 1960s civil rights, anti-war and feminist movements. This study examines them side by side, revealing their interdependence, common grassroots origins and cumulative impact. Burns clarifies how the struggle for black equality helped empower other causes and how the New Left gave rise to the peace movements as it fueled the tumultuous counterculture. He traces the history of each movement and makes conclusions about leadership, electoral politics and coalition-building.” -Publisher

Contents: We shall all be free — Everything is possible — Sisterhood is powerful — Bearing fruit — Readiness is all.

Presidential Elections, 1789-1996

Congressional Quarterly
Congressional Quarterly 1997 Dewey Dec. 324.6

Content: Statistics on every presidential election from 1789 to 1996.
The Electoral College — Electoral votes for president, 1789- 1996 — The popular vote — Popular vote returns for president, 1824-1996 — Presidential primary returns, 1912-96 — Nominating convention candidates — Political party nominees, 1931-1996 — Biographical directory of residential and vice presidential candidates.

Selected Articles on Direct Primaries

Fanning, C. E., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1918 Dewey Dec. 324.7

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines. Links for some popular magazines of the day are also available on this Century Past website at General serials (Magazines) and their indexes.

Selected Articles on Election of U.S. Senators

Fanning, C. E., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1912 Dewey Dec. 324.6

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines. Links for some popular magazines of the day are also available on this Century Past website at General serials (Magazines) and their indexes.

Woman and the Republic; a Survey of the Woman-suffrage Movement in the United States and a Discussion of the Claims and Arguments of its Foremost Advocates

Johnson, Helen Kendrick
Appleton 1897 Dewey Dec. 324.6

Asserts in 12 well written and outspoken chapters that woman suffrage is not in accord with true democratic principle. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Selected Articles on the Initiative and Referendum

Phelps, Edith M., comp. 1914
H. W. Wilson Dewey Dec. 328.2

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines. Links for some popular magazines of the day are also available on this Century Past website at General serials (Magazines) and their indexes.

Selected Articles on Woman Suffrage

Phelps, Edith M., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1916 Dewey Dec. 324.6

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines. Links for some popular magazines of the day are also available on this Century Past website at General serials (Magazines) and their indexes.

“Common Sense” Applied to Woman Suffrage

Putnam-Jacobi, Mary, M.D.
Putnam 1894 Dewey Dec. 324.6

Plea to the Constitutional convention of New York, 1894, for the political equality of women.
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904
“After John Stuart Mill’s classic work, it is, doubtless, the most comprehensive, clearly reasoned and lucidly stated argument in the favor of political equality for women that has yet been made.”
– Standard Catalog: Sociology Section (1918)

Women, Legal status, Suffrage, Women’s right to vote


U.S. Government

Federal Government Collection

More than 400 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Federal Government. Some books: The Price of Federalism, The United States Government Manual, Federal Government, Federalism and the French Canadians, German Federalism Today, A Nation of States, American Federalism in Perspective, Rethinking Federalism, Federalism Power and Political Economy, The Division of Powers in the Indian Constitution, Public Choice and Federalism in Australia and Canada, Federalism and Regionalism in Germany, many more.

Civil service Collection

About 400 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Civil service. Some books: Civil Service Career Starter, Kaplan Civil Service Exams, Rebuilding the Public Service, Civil Service Handbook, Public Personnel Administration, The Civil Service in Britain and France, Professional and Administrative Career Examination, Democracy and the Public Service, Federal Employees Almanac, Civil Service Reform, The Growth of the British Civil Service 1780-1939, Extraordinary Jobs in Government, The Prussian Bureaucracy in Crisis 1840-1860, many more.

U.S. Politics & Government Collection

About 3,500 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “U.S. Politics & Government”. Some books: Presidents of the United States from Pierce to McKinley, Readings in American Government and Politics, Painless American Government, American Government, American Politics, The Republic: conversations on fundamentals, Voices of Dissent, Our Federal Government: how it works, Government and Politics of the U.S., many more.

U.S. Congress Collection

About 1,300 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “U.S. Congress”. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: Congressional Directory, Congressional Staff Directory, People’s Guide to Congress, Congress Under Fire, The Congress of the U.S., Committees in Congress, Congress: the electoral connection, The Congressional Process: strategies rules and procedures, How we Choose a Congress, the Legislative Process and the Administrative State, Congress for Dummies, the Power of Congress, many more.

U.S. Senate Collection

Almost 400 books from the Internet Archive, free online on the subject of U.S. Senate. Some books: The Journal of a U.S. Senate Page Boy, The Senate’s First Century, The Senate Establishment, Advise and Consent, The Transformation of the U.S. Senate, The Sweetest Little Club in the World, The U.S. Senate: a historical bibliography, The Contentious Senate, The Work of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senators in the National Media, Confessions of a Citizen Senator, The Dance of Legislation, many more.

U.S. Congress. House Collection

About 250 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of U.S. Congress. House. Some books: The Story of the U.S. House of Representatives, The Speaker of the House of Representatives, History of the House of Representatives, House Out of Order, Campaign Funds and Congressional Party Politics, Normal Decision Making in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressional Districts in the 2000s, House Rules, A Guide to Research Collections of Former Members of the House of Representatives 1789-1987, many more.

Our Federal Government: How it Works

An introduction to the United States government

Acheson, Patricia C.
Dodd, Mead 1984 Dewey Dec. 353

Why have a government? — The writing of the Constitution — The Preamble — The Constitution — The three branches of government — The development of the executive branch — Other White House groups — The executive departments — The development of the legislative branch of the United States government — The organization of the federal judiciary — The independent agencies — The federal government and the citizen — Appendix: The Constitution of the United States of America.

Describes the complexities of the United States government, from the basic elements of the Constitution, the three branches, and the Federal Judiciary, to the growth of the independent agencies.

The Century Book for Young Americans

Showing How a Party of Boys and Girls who Knew How to Use their Eyes and Ears Found Out all about the Government of the United States with pictures of some of the people and places that have made America famous

Brooks, Elbridge S.
Century 1894 Dewey Dec. 353 Y

Under guise of a tour to Washington by a party of boys and girls, author describes actual workings of national government in its various departments. Photographic illustrations. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Guide to Congress

Congressional Quarterly
Congressional Quarterly 2000 Dewey Dec. 328

Focusing on Congress, the United States’ supreme law-making body, this reference covers such issues as how media reporting has affected the ability of Congress to function; and how the GOP leadership and its region of dedicated conservatives changed the tenor of debate in Congress.
“To really understand Congress, there is nothing better than these large volumes.” -Booklist.

Contents: v. 1. pt. 1. Origins and development of Congress: ch. 1. Constitutional beginnings — ch. 2. History of the House — ch. 3. History of the Senate — pt. 2. Powers of Congress: ch. 4. Power of the purse — ch. 5. Foreign policy powers — ch. 6. Congressional investigations — ch. 7. Senate’s confirmation power — ch. 8. Regulation of commerce — ch. 9. Impeachment power — ch. 10. Constitutional amendments — ch. 11. Power to select the President — ch. 12. Seat of government — ch. 13. Miscellaneous powers — pt. 3. Congressional procedures: — ch. 14. Party leadership in Congress — ch. 15. Legislative process — ch. 16. Committee system — ch. 17. Congressional staff — pt. 4. Pressures on Congress: ch. 18. Constituency pressures — ch. 19. Media — ch. 20. Internal pressures — ch. 21. President — ch. 22. Supreme Court — ch. 23. Lobbying — v. 2. pt. 5. Housing and support: ch. 24. Capitol and office buildings — ch. 25. Library of Congress — ch. 26. Supporting organizations — pt. 6. Pay and perquisites: ch. 27. Pay and honoraria — ch. 28. Allowances and other benefits– pt. 7. Congress and the Electorate: ch. 29. Who elects Congress — ch. 30. Political parties and elections — ch. 31. Who gets elected — ch. 32. Campaign financing — ch. 33. Reapportionment and redistricting — pt. 8. Qualifications and conduct: ch. 34. Seating and disciplining — ch. 35. Ethics and criminal prosecutions — Appendix A: Constitution of the United States — Acts of Congress held unconstitutional — Rules of the House of Representatives, 106th Congress — Standing rules of the Senate, 106th Congress — Glossary of Congressional terms — How a bill becomes a law — Political party affiliations in Congress and the Presidency, 1789-1999 — Election results, Congress and the Presidency — Speakers of the House of Representatives — House Floor leaders, 1899-1999 — Senate Floor leaders, 1911-1999 — Congressional Committee Chairs since 1947 — Members of Congress who became President — Women members of Congress, 1917-1999 — Black members of Congress, 1870-1999 — Hispanic members of Congress, 1877-1999 — Recorded votes in the House and Senate, 1947-1998 — Attempted and successful cloture votes, 1919-1998 — House Discharge Petitions since 1931 — Sessions of the U.S. Congress, 1789-1999 — Lame Duck sessions since 1945 — Longest sessions of Congress — Joint sessions, joint meetings, and inaugurations, 1789-1999 — Special sessions of the Senate, 1789-1933 — Extraordinary sessions of Congress since 1797 — Congressional information on the Internet — Capitol floor plan — Map of Capitol Hill — Appendix B: Members of Congress, 1789-1999. Congressional statistics — Congressional rules — Glossary of Congressional terms — Judicial review — Lobbying.

The House and Senate Explained: The People’s Guide to Congress

Greenberg, Ellen
Norton 1996

Dewey Dec. 328
Ellen Greenberg sets the stage for both the House of Representatives and the Senate, explaining what the mace and hopper are, how the chambers are laid out, who the onstage actors are and what they do. Her section on the jargon–the most common phrases used–goes far beyond mere description to show how our government operates. She also explains how business is done: what happens on a daily basis and during the weekly schedule and how a bill becomes a law–or doesn’t. The House and Senate Explained includes a chapter on using the Internet to access information about the House, the Senate, and the White House, from getting around Washington to accessing proposed bills to sending E-mail to your congressional representatives. In addition, you’ll learn how to be heard by your representatives and how to take a more active role in committee hearings. A listing of all the congressional committees and subcommittees lets you know where your special concerns are being addressed.
Contents: The stage and the players — The script — Some frequently heard phrases — The legislative day — The rocky road to passage — Reaching out — Surfing the Internet — Appendix: The committees of the House and Senate

The Next Government of the United States

Kettl, Donald F.
Norton 2009 Dewey Dec. 351

In The Next Generation of the United States, renowned public administration expert Donald F. Kettl argues that our current government and its twentieth-century solutions are increasingly overmatched by twenty-first-century problems.
Drawing data from crises like FEMA’s tragic failure in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he demonstrates the increasingly complex nature of the problems our government must solve and the failings of its current approach. Based on the surprising successes of key officials in crisis situations, Kettl envisions a legion of leaders who run government they way that rocket scientists launch rockets–with strong leadership focused on objectives, held accountable for performance, and linked effectively to citizens so that it acts decisively for the public good. This book is a guide to the problems that ail our government and a road map for their solution.

Introduction to United States Government Information Sources

An Annotated List of 1000 Titles with a full Analytical Index

Morehead, Joe
Libraries Unlimited 1999

Congressional Quarterly’s Guide to the Presidency

Nelson, Michael, ed.
Congressional Quarterly 1989 Dewey Dec. 351

“The history of the presidency; powers of the office …, the president as a public figure; relations with other branches of government; life in the white House; and many other topics are covered in 37 chapters authored by academic scholars.” -Booklist

The Presidency A to Z

Nelson, Michael, ed.
Congressional Quarterly 2003 Dewey Dec. 351

The Presidency A to Z is an invaluable tool for understanding the presidency, both historically and today and for appraising how it and the executive branch have responded to the challenges facing the nation. It provides readers with quick information and in-depth background on the presidency through a comprehensive encyclopedia of over 300 easy-to-read entries.
Biographies of every president and many others important to the office Explanations of broader concepts and powers relating to the presidency Discussions of relations with Congress, the Supreme Court, the bureaucracy, political parties, the media, interest groups, and the public.

Presidential Power: the Politics of Leadership from FDR to Carter

Neustadt, Richard E.
Wiley 1980 Dewey Dec. 353

pt. 1. The original text. Leader or clerk? — Three cases of command — The power to persuade — Professional reputation — Public prestige — Two matters of choice — Men in office — The sixties come next — pt. 2. Later reflections. Appraising a president — Reappraising power — Hazards of transition

The Oxford Guide to the United States Government

Patrick, John J.
Oxford 2001 Dewey Dec. 321

“Provides information on the American Presidency, Congress, and Supreme Court. Covers the key figures, events, and structures that have animated U.S. government for more than 200 years. In addition to coverage of the 2000 Presidential race and election, it features biographies of all the Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Supreme Court Justices, as well as notable members of Congress, including current leadership; historical commentary on past elections, major Presidential decisions, international and domestic programs, and the key advisors and agencies of the executive branch; in-depth analysis of Congressional leadership and committees, agencies and staff, and historic legislation; and detailed discussions of 100 landmark Supreme Court cases and the major issues facing the Court today. Other entries define legal terms and phrases and elaborate on the wide array of government traditions.” -Publisher

Arrogant Capital: Washington, Wall Street, and the Frustration of American Politics

Phillips, Kevin
Little, Brown 1994 Dewey Dec. 351

Everyone knows that Washington is completely out of touch with the rest of the country. Now Kevin Phillips, whose bestselling books have prophesied the major watersheds of American party politics, tells us why. Washington – mired in bureaucracy, captured by the money power of Wall Street, and dominated by 90,000 lobbyists, 60,000 lawyers, and the largest concentration of special interests the world has ever seen – has become the albatross that Thomas Jefferson and our other Founding Fathers feared: a swollen capital city feeding off the country it should be governing. Throughout most of our history, the genius of American politics was that ballot revolutions every generation swept out failed establishments and created new ones. Now that can no longer happen.
To work again, Washington must be purged and revitalized. In his unique blueprint for a political upheaval, Kevin Phillips puts Washington on notice by sounding a cry for immediate action, offering us a wide variety of remedies – some quasi-revolutionary, others more moderate, but all sure to be controversial.

Using Government Information Sources: Electronic and Print

Sears, Jean L; Moody, Marilyn K.
Oryx 2001

The Congressional Record 1994 to Present

govinfo.gov
U.S. Govt. Printing Office Dewey Dec. 353

“The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. This site contains Congressional record volumes from 140 (1994) to the present. At the back of each daily issue is the “Daily Digest,” which summarizes the day’s floor and committee activities.” Congressional Record Home Page

U.S. Congress – Congressional Hearings 1961-62 to Present

govinfo.gov
U.S. Govt Printing Office Dewey Dec. 353

“A hearing is a meeting or session of a Senate, House, joint, or special committee of Congress, usually open to the public, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation, or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law. In addition, hearings may also be purely exploratory in nature, providing testimony and data about topics of current interest. govinfo contains contain select House and Senate hearings for the 104th Congress (1995-96) forward. Select hearings for previous congresses are also available.” Congressional Hearings Home Page

The Federal Register

Office of the Federal Register
U.S. Govt Printing Office Dewey Dec. 353

“Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) , the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.” -Federal Register Home Page

The United States Government Manual 1995-2018

Office of the Federal Register
U.S. Govt Publishing Office Dewey Dec. 353

“As the official handbook of the Federal Government, The U.S. Government Manual provides information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees.
A typical agency description includes a list of officials heading major operating units, a summary statement of the agency’s purpose and role in the Federal Government, a brief history of the agency, including its legislative or executive authority, and a description of its programs and activities, and information, addresses, and phone numbers to help users locate detailed information on consumer activities, contracts and grants, employment, publications, and other matters of public interest.” – Manual webpage

Click the 2018 edition of the manual, scroll down to the branch and agency you want, and click “XML” to get the online version, which includes thousands of live links. For help in searching the online manual, go to the site’s homepage, click “Read More” at the end of the first section (“About the U.S. Government Manual”).

Budget of the United States Government FY 1996 – FY 2020

Office of Management and Budget
U.S. Govt Printing Office Dewey Dec. 353

“The Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President’s budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year. Other related and supporting budget publications are included, which may vary from year to year.” -Budget of the U.S. Govt Home Page

Social Security Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Social Security”. Some books: Social Security Benefits Handbook, Social Security Act, Social Security for Dummies, Saving Social Security, Social Insurance & Economic Security, Making Sense of Social Security Reform, Social Security and Medicare, Social Security in the 21st Century, Social Security in India, Family Income Support: children in Social Security, Social Welfare in Canada, The Emergence of Social Security in Canada, Social Security Policy in Britain, many more.

The Battle for Social Security

Altman, Nancy
Wiley 2006 Dewey Dec. 368.4

This book illuminates the politics and policy of the current struggle over Social Security in light of the program’s compelling history and ingenious structure. After a brief introduction describing the dramatic response of the Social Security Administration to the 9/11 terrorist attack, the book recounts Social Security’s lively history. Although President Bush has tried to convince Americans that Social Security is designed for the last century and unworkable for an aging population, readers will see that the President’s assault is just another battle in a longstanding ideological war. Prescott Bush, the current President’s grandfather, remarked of FDR, “The only man I truly hated lies buried in Hyde Park.” The book traces the continuous thread leading from Prescott Bush and his contemporaries to George W. Bush and others who want to undo Social Security. The book concludes with policy recommendations which eliminate Social Security’s deficit in a manner consistent with the program’s philosophy and structure.

Social Security Handbook: Overview of Social Security Programs, 2012

Bernan Press
Bernan 2012 Dewey Dec. 368.4

Detailed explanation without commentary of the federal retirement, survivors, disability, black lung benefits, supplementary security income, and health insurance programs, who is entitled to benefits, and how such benefits may be obtained.

Selected Articles on Compulsory Insurance

Bullock, Edna D., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1912 Dewey Dec. 368.4

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

U.S. Social Security: A Reference Handbook

Livingston, Steven G.
ABC-CLIO 2008 Dewey Dec. 368.4

“Details the history and development of the American system of Social Security and examines the serious problems it faces. Covers the “prehistory” of Social Security dating back to the 19th century and projects the program’s likely future over the next several generations. Thematically, chronicles the origination of the initial Social Security Act of 1935, each major reform to the Act through today, the nature and magnitude of the current difficulty facing Social Security, and each major remedy that has been proposed. Also examines programs in other nations and how they have attempted to address similar problems.” -Publisher

Introduction to United States Government Information Sources

An Annotated List of 1000 Titles with a full Analytical Index

Morehead, Joe
Libraries Unlimited 1999

Using Government Information Sources: Electronic and Print

Sears, Jean L; Moody, Marilyn K.
Oryx 2001