• 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.

Fortieth Congress: March 4, 1867, to March 3, 1869
Fortieth Congress: March 4, 1867, to March 3, 1869
  • First session—March 4, 1867, to December 1, 1867
  • Second session—December 2, 1867, to November 10, 1868
  • Third session—December 7, 1867, to March 3, 1869
  • Special session of the Senate—April 1, 1867, to April 20, 1867
  • (Administration of Andrew Johnson, 1865–1869)
Historical Background

In an action unusual for the time, the Fortieth Congress convened moments after the Thirty-ninth Congress expired at noon on March 4, 1867. Radical Republicans controlling both houses of Congress immediately began working to further strengthen their position in the struggle with President Andrew Johnson over Reconstruction. The House adopted a resolution instructing the Judiciary Committee to continue its inquiry into certain charges against the president, which it had been investigating since ...

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