Guide to Interest Groups and Lobbying in the United States offers a thematic analysis of interest groups and lobbying in American politics over the course of American political history. It explores how interest groups have organized and articulated their support for numerous issues, and how they have they grown – both in numbers and range of activities – to become an integral part of the U.S. political system. Beginning with the foundations of interest groups during the late 19th-century Gilded Age, to the contemporary explosive growth of lobbying, Political Action Committees, and new forms of interest group cyberpolitics, readers are provided with multiple approaches to understanding the complex and changing interest advocacy sphere. This authoritative work will find an audience not only with students and scholars, but also with policy advocates.
The civil rights movement of the “long 1960s,” which reached its zenith in the middle decades of the twentieth century, evokes images of unity, sacrifice, and resistance to social injustices. The decades-long struggle by people of color for equal social and political rights changed the course of American politics. An important aspect of the civil rights movement was its heavy—although not exclusive—reliance on mass ...