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Inhaltsangabe: The formality, timelessness, and public grandeur of representative government are on display at every one of America's fifty state capitols. Fifty State Capitols describes the makesty and stateliness of each capitol's exterior form and selected intererior details in words and photographs. State governments, headquartered in their iconic capitol buildings, have been governing continuously--and largerly democratically, peacefully, and openly--for more than two centuries, a record difficult to match in the history of civilization. Fifty State Capitols shows how the architecture of state capitols contributes to the success of representative government. Elements common to the ideal American state capitol are a prominent site with manicured grounds; legislative chambers in opposing wings; public galleries with views of each legislative chamber; a temple-like enterance; and a central dome or tower covering a majestic central space known as teh rotunda. The architects who designed the buildings--including Thomas Jefferson, Charles Bulfinch, Elijah Myers, and Cass Gilbert--looked for forms and features symbolic of democracy, finding them most often in ancient Greece and Rome, in the columns, pediments, and porticos of the Parthenon in Athens, and the Patheon in Rome, the Maison Carrée in southern France. Jim Stembridge vistited each of America's state capitols to document the elements that Jefferson, Bulfinch, Meyers, Gilbert, and other designers put into their works. The result is this collection of exterior views, interior photographs, and pithy narratives featuring every one of the Fifty State Capitols. Employed for many years as a policy analyst in Oregon's capitol in Salem, Jim Stembridge saw how the building's shape and structure facilitated deliberation and decision-making on important issues of the day. Elected representatives of the citizenry argue, debate, deliberate and make the decisions, he found, but they do so within the context of the building that is the state's capitol. Stembridge went traveling to see how each of the fifty state capitols exhibits the classical ideals of democracy and democratically elected representative government.

Über den Autor: Jim Stembridged worked more than a decade as legislative staff (nonpartisan committee administrator) in Oregon's Capitol in Salem. He has written summaries of several hundred legislative bills. He did project management, program administration, and public information work for several state agencies, including the Oregon State Fire Marshall's Office--writing, editing, and producing more than 100 government publications, including newsletters, reports, and fire safety cirricula. He was an adjunct instructor at the National Fire Academy (National Emergency Training Center) in Emmitsburg, MD. Jim, a UCLA graduate, earned a PhD in geography at the University of Oregon. His interests in photography date from the years he did coastal hazards research and taught--and prepared illustrations for--geography classes at the University of Oregon (Eugene) and East Carolina University (Greenville, NC). He is the author/editor of Pathfinder: The First Automobile Trip between Newport and Siletz Bay, Oregon, July 1912 (Lincoln County Historical Society, 1975), a collection of historic photographs. Jim lives with his wife in Salem, OR.

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