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2008.03.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

Political History Book by UNO Professor Spans 200 Years of Campaigns and Elections

Omaha - A new book by a University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Political Science professor examines the origins of America’s political parties, campaigns and elections.

Published last month by Congressional Quarterly Press, The Evolution of Political Parties, Campaigns, and Elections: Landmark Documents, 1787-2008 by Randall E. Adkins provides a firsthand look of several of the country’s important political events.

The book also features 50 supplementary documents, including speeches, court cases, letters, diary entries, excerpts from autobiographies, treaties, legislation, regulations and reports, documentary photographs, ad stills, public opinion polls, transcripts and press releases.

“This book examines the evolution of political parties, campaigns and elections over the past two centuries – from the constitutional convention of 1787 to the Democratic Party’s Price-Herman Commission Report of 2005,” Adkins said. “Readers will see how important changes to the political party system, campaigns and elections in the United States fit within the broader historical, political and social context of the time.”

Adkins is associate professor and chair of the graduate program in the Political Science department at UNO. He is a former American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow.

Adkins' research has been published in American Politics Quarterly, American Politics Research, the Journal of Political Marketing, Political Research Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Publius: The Journal of Federalism.

For more information, call (402) 554-2762.

UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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