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  • 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-Sixth Congress: March 4, 1899, to March 3, 1901
Fifty-sixth Congress: March 4, 1899, to March 3, 1901
  • First session—December 4, 1899, to June 7, 1900
  • Second session—December 3, 1900, to March 3, 1901
  • (First administration of William McKinley, 1897–1901)
Historical Background

Throughout much of his first term, President William McKinley avoided any action that would return the United States to the gold standard until the chronic shortage of gold had eased and silver sentiment waned. Finally, in his third annual message of December 5, 1899, he called for legislation, and the Gold Standard Act was signed into law on March 14, 1900. It signaled the end of two decades of debate involving one of American's greatest political controversies—the issue of silver's monetary role.

Following the Spanish-American War, concern arose that ...

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