By Eric H. Vieler
A trip on My Own tells the tale of Eric Vieler, born in the United States yet raised in Hitler's Germany, the place he observed the persecution of Jewish friends and skilled the bombing of towns. After being expelled from a Nazi-run academy, he crossed conflict traces to arrive his domestic. On Easter 1945, he encountered American troops, grew to become their interpreter, and witnessed fierce combating. He joined British profession forces, doing a number of jobs for meals as reimbursement. Vieler's quest for his American identification used to be fulfilled while he used to be repatriated to the United States at age fifteen, yet options of independence have been thwarted whilst, because of his age, he used to be required to wait public tuition. even supposing he held after-school jobs, his fundamental aid used to be via a brand new York urban welfare business enterprise. In 1950, Vieler enlisted within the military, was once commissioned at age nineteen, and went directly to serve in Korea, the place he used to be heavily wounded and two times embellished for valor.
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More detailed rules about the electoral and legislative processes are left for federal statutes, state laws, and internal rules of the House and Senate. Although the constitutional rules governing representation and lawmaking have changed in only a few ways since Congress first convened in 1789, other features of congressional politics have changed in many ways. The Constitution says nothing about congressional parties and committees, yet most legislation in the modern Congress is written in committees.
In the 1780s, an economic depression led debtors to demand relief from their creditors, and because debtors greatly outnumbered creditors, the legislatures obliged them. This undermined financial institutions, creating instability. ” Majority rule itself came to be questioned, and people began to wonder whether republican government was viable. The practice of having a bicameral, or two-house, legislature was well established in the states by the time the Constitution was written in 1787. Britain had evolved a bicameral parliament based on its social class system, with the different classes represented in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
Congress is still dominated by lawyers and businesspeople, with more than 200 lawyers and about 200 members with business backgrounds in the House and Senate in 2011. The number of farmers has declined – down from about 75 in the 1950s to a little more than two dozen in recent Congresses. Educators have become more numerous – more than 80 in 2011. Overall, the occupational 18 THE AMERICAN CONGRESS backgrounds of members are now somewhat more diverse than they were three or four decades ago. These trends in the membership of Congress – the shift to the Sunbelt, the increasing numbers of women and minority members, and the greater diversity in members’ previous experience – are likely to continue.
A Journey on My Own: A Youth from Hitler's Germany Strives to Claim His American Identity by Eric H. Vieler