• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

A manual offering information on the most important laws and treaties approved by Congress in more than 200 years since the first session in 1789. Each Congress is covered in a separate chapter introduced by a historical essay setting the actions of the legislators in the context of their times.

Second Congress: March 4, 1791, to March 3, 1793
Second Congress: March 4, 1791, to March 3, 1793
  • First session—October 24, 1791, to May 8, 1792
  • Second session—November 5, 1792, to March 2, 1793
  • Special session of the Senate—March 4, 1791
  • (First administration of George Washington, 1789–1793)
Historical Background

Embryonic political parties began to emerge as philosophical differences intensified over the role of the federal government in domestic as well as foreign policy. As a result, the Second Congress saw a drop in productivity, especially in comparison with the ambitious efforts of the First Congress to organize the new government. The Second Congress, however, did clarify presidential succession, establish the first U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, authorize the first national conscription, and create the mechanism for slave owners to recover fugitive slaves. ...

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