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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.

Seventy-Third Congress: March 4, 1933, to January 3, 1935
Seventy-third Congress: March 4, 1933, to January 3, 1935
  • First session—March 9, 1933, to June 15, 1933
  • Second session—January 3, 1934, to June 18, 1934
  • Special session of the Senate—March 4, 1933, to March 6, 1933
  • (First administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933–1937)
Historical Background

By inauguration day 1933, 25 percent of the nation's labor force was out of work, lengthy bread lines were common, and farm prices had fallen by more than 50 percent since the start of the Great Depression. During the previous three years, more than five thousand banks had failed, and currency hoarding was widespread. Millions of Americans gathered around their radios to listen to newly elected president Franklin D. Roosevelt's message of hope. “Let me assert my ...

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