Edition for Educators—Summer Reading 2017

<a href="/People/Detail/17779" title="John McCormack">John McCormack</a> of Massachusetts had a tough act to follow when he ascended to the Speakership in 1962 following the death of <a href="/People/Detail/20184" title="Sam Rayburn">Sam Rayburn</a> of Texas, who held the gavel for a record ten terms./tiles/non-collection/6/6-26-time-mccormack-2014_006_002.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives John McCormack of Massachusetts had a tough act to follow when he ascended to the Speakership in 1962 following the death of Sam Rayburn of Texas, who held the gavel for a record ten terms.
It’s officially summertime and class is out! With summer comes vacation time and beach reading, and we have a few suggestions for where to get started. Learn more about some House History “summer reading” options.

Featured Research Resource

A Bibliography of the History of the U.S. House of Representatives
This bibliography is a compilation of both official House histories and scholarly analyses of the House of Representatives. While not an exhaustive list, it is meant to help researchers and students gain a more sophisticated understanding of the institutional developments and personalities that have shaped the House. The bibliography is organized into three sections:

Speakers of the House Bibliography
This bibliography is a compilation of scholarly analyses of the House Speakership, both its development and the individuals who have held the office. Though not exhaustive, it is meant to provide a deeper understanding of the institutional developments and personalities that have shaped the Office of the Speaker. This bibliography is organized into two sections:

  • Works about the Office of the Speaker
  • Bibliography of individual Speakers of the House
This uniform was the final iteration of the House Page dress code, from the 1980s through 2011./tiles/non-collection/6/6-26-page-uniform-2005_198_001PQ1.xml Collection of the House of Representatives
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This uniform was the final iteration of the House Page dress code, from the 1980s through 2011.

Featured Exhibits

History of the Page Program
For more than two centuries, young people served as Pages in the U.S. House of Representatives and enjoyed an unparalleled opportunity to observe and participate in the legislative process in “the People’s House.” The expectations and experiences of House Pages, regardless of when they served, have been linked by certain commonalities—witnessing history, interacting with Representatives, and taking away lifelong inspiration to participate in civic life.

The House and Civil Rights
Spurred by a growing grassroots movement during the mid-20th century, Congress passed landmark legislation to protect Americans’ civil rights, to end discrimination, and to ensure access to the ballot. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 focused on access to public accommodations and equal employment. This exhibit tells the story behind this legislation and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that followed.

Featured Blog Categories

When Jeannette Rankin (far left) returned to Congress for a single term in 1941, she was no longer the only woman in the House. Joining her in this photo are <a href="/People/Detail/9566" title="Frances Bolton">Frances Bolton</a> of Ohio, <a href="/People/Detail/19024" title="Mary Norton">Mary Norton</a> of New Jersey, <a href="/People/Detail/21866" title="Margaret Chase Smith">Margaret Chase Smith</a> of Maine, and <a href="/People/Detail/20569" title="Edith Nourse Rogers">Edith Nourse Rogers</a> of Massachusetts./tiles/non-collection/6/6-26-rankin-women-pa2012_08_0002-2.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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When Jeannette Rankin (far left) returned to Congress for a single term in 1941, she was no longer the only woman in the House. Joining her in this photo are Frances Bolton of Ohio, Mary Norton of New Jersey, Margaret Chase Smith of Maine, and Edith Nourse Rogers of Massachusetts.

Looking to dive into some of the office’s most interesting blogs? We recommend you check out these categories for some great insights into House History and the changing institution.

Photography
This series features photos from the House Collection, diving into the context and background behind these images. The collection explores everything from possums for dinner to the biking craze at the turn of the century. Definitely give this blog series a read for the stories of these incredible photographs.

Rankin Centennial
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Montana Representative Jeannette Rankin’s election to Congress in 1916, this blog series started in September 2016. It not only delves into Rankin’s own unique and distinguished career but also features key incidents in the broader history of Women in Congress. This series will continue throughout the centennial celebration.

Book Request Form

Looking for one of our publications in print? We have copies available of Women in Congress, 1917–2006 and Black Americans in Congress, 1870–2007. Place a request here.

And if you’d rather have an e-book, the Government Printing Office website has copies of the updated Women in Congress, 1917–2017 and Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822–2012 available for download free here and here!

This is part of a series of blog posts for educators, highlighting the resources available on History, Art & Archives of the U.S. House of Representatives. For lesson plans, fact sheets, glossaries, and other materials for the classroom, see the website's Education section.

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