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New Government Report: African American Members of the United States Congress

African American Members of the United States Congress: 1870-2009

by Jennifer Manning, Colleen Shogan
Paperback, 63 pages, 2010, $25.00
ISBN: 1437929044

Contents: (1) Introduction: Historical Overview of African Americans in Congress; African American Firsts in Congress; Length of Service; How African Americans Enter Congress; (2) African American Members in Leadership Positions; (3) Congressional Black Caucus: Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Ending Apartheid in South Africa; Humanitarian Aid to Haiti; (4) Tables and Data; (5) Alphabetical Listing of African American Members, Selected Biographical Information, and Committee Assignments During Their Tenure in Office. Charts and tables.

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May 3, 2011 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: American War and Military Operations Casualties: Lists and Statistics

American War and Military Operations Casualties: Lists and Statistics (ISBN: 1437925073)
by Anne Leland and Mari-Jana “M-J” Oboroceanu
Paperback, 27 pages, 2009, $20.00

This report is written in response to numerous requests for war casualty statistics and lists of war dead.

It provides tables, compiled by sources at the Department of Defense (DOD), indicating the number of casualties among American military personnel serving in principal wars and combat actions.

Wars covered include the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and the Persian Gulf War. Military operations covered include the Iranian Hostage Rescue Mission, Lebanon Peacekeeping, Urgent Fury in Grenada, Just Cause in Panama, Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Restore Hope in Somalia, Uphold Democracy in Haiti, and the ongoing Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

For the more recent conflicts, starting with the Korean War, more detailed information on types of casualties, and, when available, demographics have been included. This report also cites sources of published lists of military personnel killed in principal wars and combat actions. Tables.

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August 3, 2010 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: African American Members of the United States Congress: 1870-2009 (ISBN: 1437929044)

African American Members of the United States Congress: 1870-2009 (ISBN: 1437929044)
By Jennifer E. Manning and Colleen J. Shogan
(Paperback, 63 pages, 2010, $25)

In 2010, there are at least 32 African-Americans running for Congress this year as Republicans, and many more as Democrats, reports the New York Times.

Contents of this report: (1) Introduction: Historical Overview of African Americans in Congress; African American Firsts in Congress; Length of Service; How African Americans Enter Congress; (2) African American Members in Leadership Positions; (3) Congressional Black Caucus: Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Ending Apartheid in South Africa; Humanitarian Aid to Haiti; (4) Tables and Data; (5) Alphabetical Listing of African American Members, Selected Biographical Information, and Committee Assignments During Their Tenure in Office. Charts and tables.

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June 18, 2010 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Earthquakes: Risk, Detection, Warning, and Research (ISBN: 1437928072)

Earthquakes: Risk, Detection, Warning, and Research (ISBN: 1437928072)
By Peter Folger (Paperback, 26 pages, 2010, $20)

Earlier in the week, a series of earthquakes shook Southern California, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. This follows the massive earthquakes that struck Haiti in January and Indonesia in May.

Contents of this report: (1) Intro.; (2) National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: A Shift in Program Emphasis to Hazard Reduction; (3) Earthquake Hazards and Risk: Potential Losses from Earthquakes; A Decrease in Estimated Loss?; The New Madrid Seismic Zone; (4) Monitoring; Advanced National Seismic System and Funding; Dense Urban Networks; Regional Networks; Backbone Stations; National Strong-Motion Project; Global Seismic Network; (5) Detection, Notification, and Warning; National Earthquake Information Center; ShakeMap; Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response; Pre-disaster Planning: HAZUS-MH; (6) Research — Understanding Earthquakes; United States Geological Survey USGS; National Science Foundation (NSF); (7) Conclusion. Charts and tables.

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June 17, 2010 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Caribbean-American Heritage Month Book Special: Vertamae Cooks in The Americas’ Family Kitchen by Vertamae Grosvenor (ISBN: 091233388X)

Weekly Book Special: June 14th-June 21st

June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month. In commemoration, this week’s special is:

Vertamae Cooks in “The Americas’ Family Kitchen”
Written by Vertamae Grosvenor, Foreword by Ed Bradley
(Paperback, 192 pages, 1996, $19.00)
Vertamae Cooks

Storyteller, poet and culinary anthropologist Vertamae Grosvenor displays the pleasures of Caribbean-American cooking in this companion to the PBS series “The Americas’ Family Kitchen.” Learn how African tastes and traditions have influenced the various cuisines of America, acquiring new flavors and ingredients along the way in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

You’ll find more than 100 full-color down-home recipes, spiced with Vertamae’s anecdotes, humor and historical insights. Every recipe, ranging from Hoppin’ John to Sunshine Soup to Low Country Red Rice, has a story. Also includes an introduction to the history of Afro-Caribbean cooking and culture.

Our favorite recipe is for Auntie Kali’s Puerto Rican-Style Pork Roast (click to enlarge):
Auntie Kali's Puerto Rican-Style Pork Roast

“These recipes are a sweet mix of history, anthropology, and storytelling that come together to create a tasty treat for the most modest of cooks,” writes Book News. “Every recipe is thoughtfully written, and many are annotated with Vertamae’s own historical or anecdotal take on the origin of the recipe. A beautiful and moving portrait of Caribbean culture — and delicious recipes to boot.”

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June 14, 2010 at 1:27 pm Leave a comment

New Government Report: War Powers Resolution: After 36 Years (ISBN: 9781437932932)

War Powers Resolution: After 36 Years (ISBN: 9781437932932)
By Richard F. Grimmett (Paperback, 77 pages, 2010, $25)

On April 30, 2010, Vietnam and the United States held different ceremonies marking the same milestone – the end of the Vietnam War, according to Suite101:

American foreign policy drastically changed because of the Vietnam War. Democrats and Republicans were no longer unified in supporting American foreign policy. In 1973 the Democratic majority in Congress passed the 1973 War Powers Resolution that prohibited the president from sending United States troops into combat for over 90 days before congressional consent.

This report discusses and assesses the War Powers Resolution (WPR) and its application. Contents: (1) Intro.; (2) Provisions of the WPR; (3) Constitutional Questions Raised: War Powers of Pres. and Congress; Legislative Veto; Auto. Withdrawal Provision; (4) Major Cases and Issues Prior to the Persian Gulf War: Vietnam and Mayaguez: Iran Hostage Rescue Attempt; El Salvador; Hondura; Lebanon; Grenada; Libya; Persian Gulf, 1987; Invasion of Panama; (5) Major Cases and Issues in the Post-Cold War World: U.N. Actions: Persian Gulf War, 1991; Iraq-Post Gulf War; Somalia; Former Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Kosovo; Haiti; Terrorist Attacks against the U.S., 2001: How Does the WPR Apply?; Use of Force Against Iraq Resolution 2002; (6) Proposed Amend.

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May 26, 2010 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: U.S. Immigration Policy on Haitian Migrants

U.S. Immigration Policy on Haitian Migrants
By Ruth Ellen Wasem (Paperback, 16 pages, 2010, $15)

Migrant interdiction and mandatory detention are key components of U.S. policy toward Haitian migrants, but human rights advocates express concern that Haitians are not afforded the same treatment as other asylum seekers.

The devastation caused by the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti has led Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitians in the U.S. at the time of the earthquake.

There are concerns that the crisis conditions in Haiti may result in mass migration from the island. The balancing of DHS’s border security and immigration control responsibilities in the midst of a humanitarian disaster poses a challenge.

Contents of this report: (I) Current Context; (II) Immigration Trends: Migration by Sea; Haitians Currently Residing in the U.S.

(III) Policy Evolution; Post-Mariel Policy; Interdiction Agreement; Crisis After the Coup; Pre-Screening and Repatriation; Safe Haven and Refugee Processing; Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA); Mandatory Detention of Aliens in Expedited; Removal; Procedural Practices and Controversies;

(IV) Temporary Protected Status; (V) Federal Assistance to Haitian Migrants; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; Major Federal Benefit Programs; Refugee Resettlement Assistance; (VI) Issues in 111th Congress: Haitian Families with Approved Petitions; Adoption of Haitian Orphans; Supplemental FY2010 Funding; Possible Mass Migration; Status Adjustment. Figures.

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