• 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-Eighth Congess: March 4, 1883, to March 3, 1885
Forty-eighth Congess: March 4, 1883, to March 3, 1885
  • First session—December 3, 1883, to July 7, 1884
  • Second session—December 1, 1884, to March 3, 1885
  • (Administration of Chester A. Arthur, 1881–1885)
Historical Background

President Chester A. Arthur's December 1883 annual message to Congress included several important recommendations that would ultimately be enacted, such as federal aid to education, a presidential succession law, regulation of interstate commerce, and forest preservation. The Forty-eighth Congress, however, completed action on only one Arthur proposal when it ended military rule in Alaska by establishing a civil government there. Considerable uncertainty remained as to what form the government should take, so the First Alaska Organic Act included a curious collection of provisions. Alaska, in the act, was ...

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