Skip to main content

This morning I was greeted with a spectacular display of information that I found at the same time beautiful, educational, and awe-inspiring.

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I direct your attention to this most arresting visual display:

What Congress has looked like, by political leaning, for all of American history:

Only a portion of the image is provided here, and in reduced size, for copyright reasons; click on the image or here for the full poster-size version.  Full documentation and methodology is incorporated within the poster.

Without even going to the full image, you can clearly see the great swings caused by the Depression and the Civil War... and you can see the influx of the far-right into Congress in recent years.  But I spent quite a bit of time looking over the full-sized poster, and I encourage everyone else to as well.  From one perspective, it's a wonderful example of embedding information in an image, and from another it's a grand view of our American history and government.

P.S. I also highly recommend the web comic this is posted on, http://www.xkcd.com , but it's not generally political.

Originally posted to ThatTallGuy on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 09:43 AM PST.

Also republished by History for Kossacks.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site