Historic Congressional Agreements & Concessions
“...government’s greatest endeavors reflect a stunning level of bipartisan commitment, whether reflected in repeated raises in the minimum wage or the sustained effort to contain communism. Great endeavors appear to require equally great consensus.”
Paul C. Light, Government’s Greatest Achievements
With members of Congress representing vastly different districts and constituencies, trying to develop legislation for the common good has typically involved a fair amount of compromise: listening to the different views and then trying to find common ground. Not always, but most of the time.
In this activity, we'll explore some major compromises which took place in the era of Slavery in America.