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  • 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.

Thirty-Second Congress: March 4, 1851, to March 3, 1853
Thirty-second Congress: March 4, 1851, to March 3, 1853
  • First session—December 1, 1851, to August 31, 1852
  • Second session—December 6, 1852, to March 3, 1853
  • Special session of the Senate—March 4, 1851, to March 13, 1851
  • (Administration of Millard Fillmore, 1850–1853)
Historical Background

Enactment of the Compromise of 1850 resulted in a momentary lull in debate over the slavery question. Both North and South hoped the debate would not erupt again, but it was far from forgotten. At the outset of the Thirty-second Congress, Stephen A. Douglas told his Senate colleagues that the compromise should be considered a “final settlement” of the slavery issue. It was time, he reasoned, to “cease agitating, stop debate, and drop the subject.” Forty-four members of Congress ...

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