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Congressional Directory http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cdirectory/index.html
Capitol Hearings.org http://www.capitolhearings.org
U.S. House of Representatives http://www.house.gov
Office of the Clerk http://clerk.house.gov/index.aspx
U.S. Senate http://www.senate.gov
Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov
Congressional Research Service http://www.loc.gov/crsinfo/
Congressional Budget Office http://www.cbo.gov
Government Accountability Office http://www.gao.gov
Government Printing Office http://www.access.gpo.gov
Office of Tech. Assessment Archive http://ota.fas.org/
Legislative Information System http://www.congress.gov
THOMAS (Public Legislative Info) http://thomas.loc.gov
Info via Capitol Advantage http://www.congress.org
Open CRS http://opencrs.com/
Project Vote Smart http://www.vote-smart.org
Research Caucus http://www.researchcaucus.org/
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- Hamilton, Lee H. How Congress Works and Why You Should Care. Indiana University Press, 2004.
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- Morgan, M. Granger and Peha, Jon. Science and Technology Advice for Congress. Resources for the Future, 2003.
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- Oleszek, Walter J. Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process. CQ Press Institute, 2004.
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- U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment. Federally Funded Research: Decisions for a Decade. Government Printing Office, OTA-SET-490, 1991.
- Wells, William G. Jr. Working with Congress: A Practical Guide for Scientists and Engineers. AAAS Press, 1992. (Now out of print; new edition being developed.)
The White House http://www.whitehouse.gov
Office of Management and Budget http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb
Office of Science and Technology Policy http://www.ostp.gov
President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/pcast
American President: An Online Reference Resource http://millercenter.org/
- Produced by the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Offers in-depth information reviewed by prominent scholars on each president an administration.
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U.S. Agency for International Development http://www.usaid.gov
U.S. Department of Agriculture http://www.usda.gov
Forest Service http://www.fs.fed.us
U.S. Department of Commerce http://www.commerce.gov
National Institute of Standards and Technology http://www.nist.gov
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration http://www.noaa.gov
U.S. Department of Defense http://www.defense.gov/
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency http://www.darpa.mil
Army Research Office http://www.arl.army.mil/aro
Air Force Office of Scientific Research http://www.afosr.af.mil
Office of Naval Research http://www.onr.navy.mil
U.S. Department of Energy http://www.energy.gov
Office of Science http://science.energy.gov/
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services http://www.dhhs.gov
Food and Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov
National Institutes of Health http://www.nih.gov
U.S. Department of Homeland Security http://www.dhs.gov/
Science & Technology http://www.dhs.gov/st-directorate
U.S. Department of the Interior http://www.doi.gov
Bureau of Land Management http://www.blm.gov
Bureau of Reclamation http://www.usbr.gov
National Park Service http://www.nps.gov
United States Geological Survey http://www.usgs.gov
U.S. Department of Labor http://www.dol.gov
Bureau of Labor Statistics http://www.bls.gov
Employment and Training Administration http://www.doleta.gov
U.S. Department of State http://www.state.gov
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency http://www.epa.gov
Federal Aviation Administration http://www.faa.gov
National Aeronautics and Space Administration http://www.nasa.gov
National Science Foundation http://www.nsf.gov
NSF R&D Statistics http://www.nsf.gov/statistics
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 http://www.recovery.gov/
Federal Telephone Directories http://www.info.gov/phone.htm
"Gray Literature" Network http://www.osti.gov/graylit/
Supreme Court of the United States http://www.supremecourtus.gov/
Supreme Court Decisions http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/
National Center for State Courts http://www.ncsc.org
State & Local Government
The National Association of Counties http://www.naco.org
National Conference of State Legislatures http://www.ncsl.org/
National Governors Association http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga
The National League of Cities http://www.nlc.org
State and Local Government on the Net http://www.statelocalgov.net/index.cfm
AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program http://www.aaas.org/spp/rd/
Congressional Budget Office http://www.cbo.gov
Government Printing Office Budget Info http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionGPO.action?collectionCode=BUDGET
National Science Foundation R&D Statistics http://www.nsf.gov/statistics
Office of Management and Budget http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb
National Associations & Organizations
Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy (CSTSP) http://cstsp.aaas.org/
Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity http://www.aaascapacity.org
Center for Careers in Science & Technology http://www.aaas.org/programs/centers/careers
Government Relations http://www.aaas.org/gr/
S&T Policy Fellowships http://fellowships.aaas.org
Science Careers http://sciencecareers.org
Grants & Funding http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/funding
Association for Women in Science http://www.awis.org
Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology http://www.cpst.org
National Academy of Sciences http://www.nas.edu/
National Academy of Engineering http://www.nae.edu/
Institute of Medicine http://www.iom.edu/
National Academy Press http://www.nap.edu/
National Academy of Public Administration http://www.napawash.org/
Diplomatic List (foreign missions in the U.S.) http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/dpl/
Earth Summit 2002 http://www.earthsummit2002.org
Global Environment Facility http://www.thegef.org/gef/
Global Public Policy Network http://www.gppi.net/
Inter-American Development Bank http://www.iadb.org
International Council for Science http://www.icsu.org
Internat'l Inst. for Sustainable Devel. http://www.iisd.ca
International Monetary Fund http://www.imf.org/external/index.htm
Organization of American States http://www.oas.org
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development http://www.oecd.org
Organization of Women in Science for the Developing World http://owsdw.ictp.it/
Pan American Health Organization http://www.paho.org
The Academy of Science for the Developing World http://twas.ictp.it/
The South Centre http://www.southcentre.org
Third World Network http://www.twnside.org.sg
United Nations - various http://www.un.org/en/aboutun/index.shtml
General UN Financing for Development http://www.un.org/esa/ffd
UN Chief Executives Board for Coordination http://www.unsceb.org/
UN Conference on Trade & Development http://www.unctad.org
UN Development Programme http://www.undp.org
UN Educational, Scientific, & Cultural Organization http://www.unesco.org
UN Economic and Social Council http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/
UN Environment Programme http://www.unep.org
Food and Agriculture Organization http://www.fao.org
UN General Assembly (64th Session) http://www.un.org/ga/64/agenda/agenda.shtml
International Labour Organization http://www.ilo.org
UN Security Council http://www.un.org/Docs/sc
UN Sustainable Development http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/
World Business Council for Sustainable Development http://www.wbcsd.ch
World Health Organization http://www.who.int
World Trade Organization http://www.wto.org
World Bank http://www.worldbank.org
American Enterprise Institute http://www.aei.org/
Brookings Institution http://www.brookings.edu/
Cato Institute http://www.cato.org/
Center for American Progress http://www.americanprogress.org/
Center for Strategic & Int'l Studies http://www.csis.org/
Hastings Center http://www.thehastingscenter.org/
Heritage Foundation http://www.heritage.org/
Hoover Institution http://www.hoover.org/
Hudson Institute http://www.hudson.org/
PEW Research Center http://pewresearch.org/
Progressive Policy Institute http://www.ppionline.org/
RAND Corporation http://www.rand.org/
Urban Institute http://www.urban.org/
Woodrow Wilson International Center http://www.wilsoncenter.org/
American Scientist http://www.americanscientist.org/
Atlantic Monthly http://www.theatlantic.com/
Business Week http://www.businessweek.com/
C&E News (published by ACS) http://pubs.acs.org/cen/
Chronicle of Higher Education http://chronicle.com/
Congressional Quarterly http://www.cq.com
Capitol Hearings.org: http://www.capitolhearings.org/
Education Week http://www.edweek.org
Federal Register http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html
Financial Times http://www.ft.com/home/us
Foreign Policy (esp. "The Cable") http://www.foreignpolicy.com/
Government Executive http://www.govexec.com/
Issues in Science and Technology http://www.issues.org/
Inside Higher Education http://www.insidehighered.com
National Journal http://nationaljournal.com/
New Scientist http://www.newscientist.com/
New York Times (esp. Tue Science) http://www.nytimes.com
Roll Call http://www.rollcall.com/
Science.gov Alerts http://www.science.gov
Science News http://www.sciencenews.org/
Scientific American http://www.sciam.com/
Technology Daily http://www.nationaljournal.com/tech
Technology Review http://www.techreview.com/
U.S. News & World Report http://www.usnews.com/
The Wall Street Journal http://www.wsj.com/
The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/
Policy Analysis & Political Decision Making
Bardach, Eugene. A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving. CQ Press, 2000.
Clemons, Randall S., McBeth, Mark K. Public Policy Praxis - Theory and Pragmatism: A Case Approach. Prentice Hall: 1st edition, 2000.
* Dionne, E.J. Political Hacks v. Bureaucrats: Can't Public Servants Get Some Respect? The Brookings Review, Spring 2001, Vol.19 No.2, pp. 8-11. The Brookings Institution.
Hayes, Michael T. The Limits of Policy Change: Incrementalism, Worldview, and the Rule of Law (Essential Texts in American Government). Georgetown University Press, 2001.
Iyengar, Shanto (Editor) and Richard Reeves (Editor). Do the Media Govern?: Politicians, Voters, and Reporters in America. Sage Publications, Inc, 1997.
* Jankowski, Joel. Lobbying and Lobby Reform: A Practitioner's Viewpoint. extensions: A Journal of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, Fall 2006.
Ledeen, Michael A. Tocqueville on American Character: Why Tocqueville’s Brilliant Exploration of the American Spirit Is As Vital and Important Today As It Was Nearly Two Hundred Years Ago. Truman Talley Books, 2000.
* Radin, Beryl. Beyond Machiavelli: Policy Analysis Comes of Age. Georgetown University Press, 2000.
Stone, Deborah. Policy Pardox: The Art of Political Decision Making. W.W. Norton & Co.: Revised edition, 2002.
Wiemer, David, Vining, Aidan R. Policy Analysis: Concepts and Practice, 4th Edition. Prentice Hall, 2004
Reinicke, Wolgfang H. and Francis Deng. Critical Choices: The United Nations, networks, and the future of global governance. A report of the Global Public Policy Project, 2000.
American Association for the Advancement of Science. Vision 2033: Linking Science and Policy for Tomorrow's World. AAAS Press, 2005.
American Association for the Advancement of Science. Federal R&D Budget Dashboard. https://www.aaas.org/page/federal-rd-budget-dashboard
Bipartisan Policy Center. Science For Policy Project: Final Report. PDF available at: http://bipartisanpolicy.org/sites/default/files/BPC%20Science%20Report%20fnl.pdf
* Blockstein, D.E. 2002. How to Lose Your Political Virginity while Keeping Your Scientific Credibility. BioScience 52 (1):91-16.
Burgoyne, R., A.L. Coleman, J.L. Keith, D.E. Chubin, and S.M. Malcom. Navigating a Complex Landscape to Foster Greater Faculty and Student Diversity in Higher Education. American Association for the Advancement of Science-Association of American Universities, April 2010. PDF available at: http://php.aaas.org/programs/centers/capacity/publications/ complexlandscape/PDFs/LawDiversityBook.pdf
Collins, Francis S. The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine. HarperCollins, 2010.
Dessler, Andrew E. and Parson, Edward A. The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change: A Guide to the Debate. Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Foreman, Christopher, Jr. Plagues, Products, and Politics: Emergent Public Health Hazards and National Policymaking. Brookings Institution, 1994.
Friedman, Thomas L. The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.
Greenberg, Daniel S. Science, Money and Politics: Political Triumph and Ethical Erosion. University of Chicago Press, 2003.
Guston, David H. Between Politics and Science: Assuring the Productivity and Integrity of Research. Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Holmes, Richard. The Age of Wonder: The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Science. Vintage Books (A Division of Random House), 2008.
* Houck, O. Tales from a Troubled Marriage: Science and Law in Environmental Policy. Science 302:1926-1929. 2003.
Jasanoff, Sheila. Designs on Nature: Science and Democracy in Europe and the United States. Princeton University Press, 2005.
* Kady II, Martin, Jalonick, Mary Clare, and Sharma, Amol. Science, Policy Mix Uneasily in Legislative Laboratory. CQ Weekly. March 20, 2004, Page 680.
Kelly, Henry, Oelrich, Ivan, Aftergood, Steven, and Tannenbaum, Benn H. Flying Blind: The Rise, Fall and Possible Resurrection of Science Policy Advice in the United States (Occasional Paper No. 2). Federation of American Scientists, December 2004.
Krimsky, Sheldon. Science in the Private Interest: Has the Lure of Profits Corrupted Biomedical Research? Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2004.
Kuhn, Thomas S. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 3rd Edition. University Of Chicago Press, 1996.
Lubchenco, J. Entering the Century of the Environment: A New Social Contract for Science. Science 279:491-497. 1998.
Malcom, S.M., Chubin, D.E., and Jesse, J.K. Standing Our Ground: A Guidebook for STEM Educators in the Post-Michigan Era. American Association for the Advancement of Science-National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, October 2004. http://www.aaas.org/standingourground
Mazur, Allan C. True Warnings and False Alarms about Technology, 1948-1971. Resources for the Future, 2003.
McGarity, Thomas O. and Wagner Wendy. Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research. Harvard University Press, 2008.
* Neal, Homer A., Smith, Tobin L., and McCormick, Jennifer B. Beyond Sputnik: U.S. Science Policy in the Twenty-First Century. University of Michigan Press, 2008.
Pielke, Jr., Roger A. The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics. Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Sarewitz, Daniel. Frontiers of Illusion: Science, Technology, and the Politics of Progress. Temple University Press, 1996.
Savage, James D. Funding Science in America: Congress, Universities, and the Politics of the Academic Pork Barrel. Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Schrag, Zachary M. Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009. JHU Press, 2010.
Skolnikoff, E. B. The Elusive Transformation: Science, Technology and the Evolution of International Politics. Princeton University Press, 1993.
Smith, Bruce L. R. American Science Policy Since World War II. Brookings Institution, 1990.
Stephen, Paula E. How Economics Shapes Science, Harvard University Press, 2012.
Stine, Deborah D. Science and Technology Policy Making: A Primer. A Report for Congress.
Congressional Research Service. Updated 5/27/2009. http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL34454.pdf
Stokes, Donald E. Pasteur's Quadrant: Basic Science and Technological Innovation. Brookings Institution Press, 1997.
Teich, Albert H. Technology and the Future – Eleventh Edition. Cengage Learning, 2008.
Thurber, James A., and Nelson, Candice J., ed. Campaigns and Elections American Style: Transforming American Politics, 3rd Edition. Westview Press, 2004.
* van der Vink, Gregory E. Scientifically Illiterate vs. Politically Clueless. Science and Technology Policy Yearbook. 2004. http://www.aaas.org/spp/yearbook/chap21.htm
Varmus, Harold. The Art and Politics of Science. W. W. Norton and Company, 2009.
ScienceBlogs A collection of 60+ science bloggers, writing on various scientific topics http://scienceblogs.com/
Engineering Science http://blog.phds.org/
Building better scientists and engineers
Prometheus: Science-Policy Blog http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/prometheus/
S&T in Congress Newsletter http://www.aaas.org/spp/cstc/stc/index.shtml
Washington Science Policy Alliance http://www.aaas.org/spp/wspa/
AAAS Policy Alert Blog & Newsletter http://blogs.aaas.org/blogs/spppolicyalert/
The Power of Partnerships: A Guide from the NSF GK-12 Program http://www.gk12.org/2013/06/10/the-power-of-partnerships-a-guide-from-the-nsf-gk-12-program
* Broad, W. and J. Glanz. Does Science Matter? The New York Times, November 11, 2003.
Chubin, D. and J. Maienschein. Staffing Science Policy-making. Science 290: 1501. 2000.
Dean, Cornelia. Am I Making Myself Clear? A Scientist's Guide to Talking to the Public. Harvard University Press, 2009.
Dean, Cornelia. Rousing Science Out of the Lab and Into the Limelight. The New York Times, November 11, 2003.
Gladwell, Malcolm. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Back Bay Books, Little Brown & Company, 2000, 2002.
* Lane, Neal. 1996. The Arlington Rotary Club. American Scientist 84:208-209.
Leshner, A.I. Public Engagement with Science. Science 299: 977. 2003.
Bray, Robert. Spin Works! A Media Guidebook for Communicating Values and Shaping Opinion. Independent Media Institute, 2002.
Few, S. Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten. Analytics Press, 2004.
Hayes, Richard and Grossman, Daniel. A Scientist's Guide to Talking with the Media: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Rutgers University Press, 2006.
Koomey, Jonathan G. Turning Numbers into Knowledge: Mastering the Art of Problem Solving. Analytics Press, 2001.
Montgomery, S.L. Dealing with the Press. The Chicago Guide to Communicating Science. University of Chicago Press, 2003. (See especially Chapter Fifteen.)
Tufte, E. R. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Graphics Press, 1995.
Wolf, Kristen. Now Hear This – The Nine Laws of Successful Advocacy Communications.
PDF available at: http://www.fenton.com/FENTON_IndustryGuide_NowHearThis.pdf
AAAS Communicating Science http://communicatingscience.aaas.org
Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists and Engineers online resources include webinars, how-to tips for media interviews, strategies for identifying public outreach opportunities, and more. Workshops for scientists and engineers interested in learning more about science communication tools and techniques are also available.
EurekAlert! AAAS News Service www.eurekalert.org/index.php
Online news service operated by AAAS in which universities, associations and societies, government agencies, corporations and other organizations engaged in research can distribute science, health and technology news to the media.
Pew Internet and American Life Project www.pewinternet.org
Provides access to an accumulating series of studies of individuals' use of the Internet as an information channel.
Science Communication Bibliography psci-com.ac.uk:80/pscicomlit/
Bibliographic database covering science communication, public engagement with science and the broader issues of science and society.
On-line web site workshops and courses led by Merry Bruns, an online content strategist, editor and trainer who focuses on communicating web content to audiences clearly and effectively.
Strategic Press Information Network http://spinacademy.org/
Provides media technical assistance to nonprofit public-interest organizations across the nation that want to influence debate, shape public opinion and garner positive media attention. Website offers excellent "how-to" tips and templates for press releases, media advisories, and other outreach documents.
Why Files whyfiles.org
Produced by the University of Wisconsin Graduate School featuring weekly "science behind the news" in a quick, user friendly format. Targeted to teachers and students, but useful for other lay audiences.
Local History and Perspectives
Carrier, Thomas J. Washington, DC: Historic Walking Tour (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing, 1999.
Carrier, Thomas J. Historic Georgetown: A Walking Tour (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing, 1999.
Clarke, Wendy Mitman and Pemberton, John. Window on the Chesapeake: The Bay, Its People and Places. The Mariners Museum, 2003.
Cronin, William B. The Disappearing Islands of the Chesapeake. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.
Gutheim, Frederick. The Potomac. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986.
Horton, Tom. An Island Out of Time: A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake. Vintage, 1997.
Kafka-Gibbons, Paul. Dupont Circle: A Novel. Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
Luria, Sarah. Capital Speculations: Writing and Building Washington, DC. University of New Hampshire Press, 2005.
Michelin Must Sees Washington, DC. Michelin Travel Publications; 2nd edition, 2005.
Michener, James A. Chesapeake. Random House, 1978.
Ogilvie, Philip Woodworth, and Potomac Water Trail Association. Along the Potomac (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing (SC); Reissue edition, 2003.
Pelecanos, George, ed. DC Noir. Akashic Books, 2006.
Penczer, Peter. Washington, D.C., Past and Present. Oneanta Pr, 1998.
Schrag, Zachary M. The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.
Shomette, Donald G. Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay and Other Tales of the Lost Chesapeake. Tidewater Publishers, 1996.
Turner, William H. East of the Chesapeake. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.
- Assateague and Chincoteague http://www.assateagueisland.com/
- Mount Vernon – Home of George Washington http://www.mountvernon.org/
- Monticello – Home of Thomas Jefferson http://www.monticello.org/
- Montpellier – Home of James Madison http://www.montpelier.org/
The Founders and the Revolutionary Era
Ellis, Joseph J. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation. Knopf, 2000.
Hitchens, Christopher. Thomas Jefferson: Author of America (Eminent Lives). Eminent Lives, 2005.
Isaacson, Walter. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. Simon & Schuster, 2003.
Jordan, Terry L. The U.S. Constitution: And Fascinating Facts About It. Oak Hill Publishing Company; 7th edition, 1999.
McCullough, David. 1776. Simon & Schuster, 2005.
War of 1812
- Cultural Tourism DC: War of 1812
- http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/1812DC This web site is superb to reference or to deal with this war along with other watershed periods. Look at the other areas of history in this site as they are as good.
- Hickey, Donald R. The War of 1812: A SHORT HISTORY. University of Illinois Press, 1995.
- Lloyd, Alan. The scorching of Washington: The War of 1812. David & Charles PLC, 1974.
The Civil War
- Foner, Eric. Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil War With a New Introductory Essay. Oxford University Press, 1995.
- Foner, Eric. Politics and Ideology in the Age of the Civil War. Oxford University Press, 1980.
- Kennedy, Frances H. The Civil War Battlefield Guide, Second Edition. Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
- Miles, Jim. Forged in Fire: A History and Tour Guide of the War in the East, From Manassas to Antietam, 1861-1862 (Civil War Explorer Series). Cumberland House Publishing, 2000.
Other Defining Historical Events and Eras
Beidler, Phillip (Editor) and Gary Taylor (Editor). Writing Race Across the Atlantic World, 1492-1789. Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
Kennedy, David M. Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 (Oxford History of the United States). Oxford University Press, 1999.
Lamb, Brian (Editor). Booknotes: Stories from American History: Leading Historians on the Events That Shaped Our Country. PublicAffairs, 2001.
Lewis, Anthony. Gideon’s Trumpet (Vintage). Vintage, 1980.
Sellers, Charles. The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815-1846. Oxford University Press, 1992.
Walters, Ronald G. American Reformers 1815-1860: Revised Edition. Hill and Wang, 1997.
Humor: Keeping Things in Perspective!
Darwin Awards http://www.darwinawards.com/
HotAIR (Annals of Improbable Research) http://www.improb.com
Science Cartoons Plus (S. Harris) http://www.sciencecartoonsplus.com/
Solar System Collisions http://janus.astro.umd.edu/astro/impact/
The Onion http://www.theonion.com
Schoolhouse Rock's "Just a Bill" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFroMQlKiag