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"This set is recommended as a
convenient, supplemental source
for high-school and public libraries."
Editors: Frank N. Magill and John Powell
October 1997 · 3 volumes
934 pages · 6"x9"
U.S. Government Leaders
U.S. Government Leaders surveys 124 of the most important government and political leaders in U.S. history; the most often taught and most often studied in the American library. We have made it a priority to cover those key personages of American history who appear time and again in the core curriculum, presenting at least those who are common to every basic discussion of American history, civics, and U.S. government.
Scope & Coverage
All U.S. presidents through Bill Clinton are represented as are such great colonial leaders as William Bradford, John Winthrop, and William Penn. Framers of the Constitution and leaders of the early republic appear along with some who did not hold formal office but whose stature and contributions to U.S. government are equally great. Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King, Jr., leaders of Congress, presidential cabinets, and political parties are found here along with great female political leaders, from Jeannette Rankin to Helen Gahagan Douglas, Margaret Chase Smith to Barbara Jordan and Janet Reno.
Organization & Format
Essays are arranged alphabetically by last name of the leader, and each essay is chronologically organized in a format that allows easy access to basic ready-reference data. Each essay begins with the leader's name, birth date and place, death date and place when appropriate, and a paragraph summarizing the leader's major achievements. The text of the essay is divided into three subsections: "Early Life" surveys the leader's youth, education, and early career; "Life's Work focuses on the adult years; and "Summary" surveys the leader's significance and long-term impact on the history of the United States. The back matter of each essay includes a "Bibliography" that lists the basic texts and biographies about the leader.
Volume 3 concludes with three reference tools that will assist students and general readers alike: The "Time Line" of U.S. leaders lists all leaders chronologically by birth year and will assist those interested in a particular period of history. The "Index of Presidents" lists U.S. Presidents in chronological order with the years of their term or terms in office, their names, and the page numbers on which their essays appear. Finally, the "Name Index" lists all leaders covered as well as the page numbers on which their essays are located.