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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.

Sixty-Fourth Congress: March 4, 1915, to March 3, 1917
Sixty-fourth Congress: March 4, 1915, to March 3, 1917
  • First session—December 6, 1915, to September 8, 1916
  • Second session—December 4, 1916, to March 3, 1917
  • (First administration of Woodrow Wilson, 1913–1917)
Historical Background

At the outset of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson sought to maintain a policy of neutrality toward all of the European belligerents. This position became increasingly difficult to maintain, however, as Allied demands for vital economic aid, food, and munitions continued to stimulate the American economy. Throughout the first three years of war, American industry and agriculture prospered greatly by filling huge orders for all sorts of manufactured goods and foodstuffs for the Allies, while the Central Powers were effectively cut off from trade by an increasingly ...

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