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  • 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.

Sixty-Fifth Congress: March 4, 1917, to March 3, 1919
Sixty-fifth Congress: March 4, 1917, to March 3, 1919
  • First session—April 2, 1917, to October 6, 1917
  • Second session—December 3, 1917, to November 21, 1918
  • Third session—December 2, 1918, to March 3, 1919
  • Special session of the Senate—March 5, 1917, to March 16, 1917
  • (Second administration of Woodrow Wilson, 1917–1921)
Historical Background

Shortly after his reelection as president, Woodrow Wilson made a final, unsuccessful, effort to win a negotiated peace between the Allies and the Central Powers. At the same time, he sought to preserve American neutrality. On January 22, 1917, Wilson used the setting of a packed Senate chamber to tell the world that a League of Nations should be organized to establish and maintain world peace. He bluntly told the embattled ...

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