Impact of Congress


The Impact of Congress looks at the work of the First Congress, 1789-91, and its impact on the country over the years.

  • World War I recruiting poster.

  • President Truman and family answering Census questions while at presidential retreat in Key West, Florida, 1950

  • Rep. James Madison's notes for House floor speech introducing proposed Bill of Rights he had drafted, 1789

  • Pres. Washington reviewing troops going to PA to put down the 1794 "Whiskey Rebellion" opposing new federal tax.

  • Notes by Alexander Hamilton in 1791 on the constitutionality of the new national bank he was proposing.

  • Political cartoon critical of Polk administration's Tariff of 1846, depicted as causing the death of Free Trade.

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