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Democracy delayed : congressional reapportionment and urban-rural conflict in the 1920s /
Charles W. Eagles.
Athens : University of Georgia Press, c1990.
xiv, 173 p. ; 24 cm.
0820311855 (alk. paper)
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Athens : University of Georgia Press, c1990.
0820311855 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [151]-166) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1991-01:
Eagles uses the issue of congressional reapportionment to test the validity of the longstanding thesis held by historians that urban-rural conflict was at its zenith during the 1920s. Unlike other scholars, however, Eagles uses quantitative techniques as his principal investigative tool. After carefully defining guidelines for determining the rural and urban lawmakers in the House of Representatives, he examines the eight roll-call votes on reapportionment from early 1921 until the middle of 1929 when Congress finally passed a reapportionment bill. Eagles concludes that the urban-rural model has partial validity in explaining voting behavior on reapportionment, but that a study of reapportionment alone cannot completely prove or disprove the urban-rural thesis. Instead of using abstract models borrowed from the social sciences, Eagles combines historiography, narrative political history based on primary sources, and legislative roll-call analysis in his investigation. The book contains clear and informative tables that show rural-urban voting patterns. Endnotes and an extensive bibliography. For further reading see David Burner's The Politics of Provincialism (1968). Upper-division undergraduates and above. -R. E. Marcello, University of North Texas
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