For the more than fifty years that Democrats controlled the U.S. House of Representatives, leadership was divided between Massachusetts and Texas. When the Speaker was from Texas (or nearby Oklahoma), the Majority Leader was from the Boston area, and when the Speaker was from Boston, the Majority Leader was from Texas.
The Austin-Boston Connection analyzes the importance of the friendships (especially mentor-protégé relationships) and enmities within congressional delegations, regional affinities, and the lynchpin practice of appointing the Democratic Whip.
ANTHONY M. CHAMPAGNE is a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. DOUGLAS B. HARRIS is an associate professor at Loyola University in Maryland. JAMES W. RIDDLESPERGER JR. is a professor at Texas Christian University. GARRISON NELSON is a professor at the University of Vermont. All are political scientists.
What Readers Are Saying:
". . . well written . . . and tells a story that has been somewhat obscured in discussions of the New Deal Coalition. It puts the party ladder more firmly in the context of regional politics, reminds us that the Democratic Party was a mainly southern party that added northerners in the 1930s but remained dominated by southerners well past mid-century, and describes the contests for party leadership positions in the words of the contestants and their contemporaries so that personalities, friendships strategies, deals, and deceits can be observed."-Barry S. Rundquist, University of Chicago
"This is a noteworthy and serious study of the leadership structure in Congress and how personal relationships often bridge political divisions for an extended period of the twentieth century."-Patrick Cox, Center for American History, University of Texas