• 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.

Third Congress: March 4, 1793, to March 3, 1795
Third Congress: March 4, 1793, to March 3, 1795
  • First session—December 2, 1793, to June 9, 1794
  • Second session—November 3, 1794, to March 3, 1795
  • Special session of the Senate—March 4, 1793
  • (Second administration of George Washington, 1793–1797)
Historical Background

During George Washington's second term as president, foreign wars and violent political confrontations were ongoing. American citizens were forbidden by the Neutrality Act of 1794 to aid a foreign power. On February 1, 1793, France had declared war on Great Britain, Spain, and Holland. Washington kept the United States out of the war with his April 22, 1793, declaration that the United States was “friendly and impartial toward the belligerent powers.” The Neutrality Act served to reinforce Washington's proclamation. In March 1794, ...

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