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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.

Fifty-Second Congress: March 4, 1891, to March 3, 1893
Fifty-second Congress: March 4, 1891, to March 3, 1893
  • First session—December 7, 1891, to August 5, 1892
  • Second session—December 5, 1892, to March 3, 1893
  • (Administration of Benjamin Harrison, 1889–1893)
Historical Background

Benjamin Harrison's final two years as president were marked by repeated but generally unsuccessful efforts by the Democratic-dominated House of Representatives to repeal much of the domestic legislation passed by the Republican Fifty-first Congress. Although Democrats held a commanding majority in the House, Harrison obtained support for legislation that addressed one of his most serious concerns—the need to improve the safety conditions of railroad employees. All four of his annual messages contained an urgent plea that special consideration be given to the plight of yardmen and brakemen, thousands of ...

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