• 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.

Forty-Second Congress: March 4, 1871, to March 3, 1873
Forty-second Congress: March 4, 1871, to March 3, 1873
  • First session—March 4, 1871, to April 20, 1871
  • Second session—December 4, 1871, to June 10, 1872
  • Third session—December 2, 1872, to March 3, 1873
  • Special session of the Senate—May 10, 1871, to May 27, 1871
  • (First administration of Ulysses S. Grant, 1869–1873)
Historical Background

As the Ku Klux Klan continued its campaign of terror and intimidation in the South, the Third Reconstruction Force Act became law in April 1871. The act empowered the president to suspend the writ of habeas corpus and use federal troops to ensure that blacks were allowed to vote, hold office, and serve on juries. A year later, Sen. Matt W. Ransom of North Carolina and Rep. Sion H. Rogers ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles