• 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.

Fifty-Third Congress: March 4, 1893, to March 3, 1895
Fifty-third Congress: March 4, 1893, to March 3, 1895
  • First session—August 7, 1893, to November 3, 1893
  • Second session—December 4, 1893, to August 28, 1894
  • Third session—December 3, 1894, to March 3, 1895
  • Special session of the Senate—March 4, 1893, to April 15, 1893
  • (Second administration of Grover Cleveland, 1893–1897)
Historical Background

A national economic crisis occupied the nation's attention for the entire four years of Grover Cleveland's second administration. Signs of economic slowdown and deflation were evident for more than a year, leading to declining federal revenues and a growing deficit. Major railroads had grossly overextended themselves on miles of unprofitable track, and a persistent balance of payments deficit combined with redemption in gold of Treasury notes issued under the Sherman Silver ...

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