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Trailblazing Members of Congress and
How They Shaped American History

In some periods of American history, members of the legislative branch have been as influential, and sometimes more influential, than a particular president in crafting public policy and reacting to world events. Congressional Lions examines twelve influential members of Congress throughout American history to understand their role in shaping the life of the nation. The book does not focus exclusively on the biographical details of these lawmakers, although biography invariably plays a role in recalling their triumphs and tragedies. Instead, the book highlights members’ legislative accomplishments as well as the circumstances surrounding their congressional service.

Political Assassinations and Attempts That Changed US History

In this book, J. Michael Martinez focuses on assassinations and attempts in the American republic. No other nation with a population of over 50 million people has witnessed as many episodes. These violent acts trigger important questions. First, why has the United States—a country constructed on a bedrock of the rule of law and firmly committed to due process—been so susceptible to political violence? Martinez addresses this and other questions as he examines twenty-five instances of violence against elected officials and public figures in American history.