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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.

Eighty-Second Congress: January 3, 1951, to January 3, 1953
Eighty-second Congress: January 3, 1951, to January 3, 1953
  • First session—January 3, 1951, to October 20, 1951
  • Second session—January 8, 1952, to July 7, 1952
  • (Second administration of Harry S. Truman, 1949–1953)
Historical Background

The Chinese offensive launched in Korea in November 1950 pushed United Nations (UN) forces south, culminating in the fall of Seoul on January 4, 1951. After hard fighting, the situation was gradually reversed, and by March, UN troops reentered the capital. In July 1951, both sides began protracted negotiations. During 1952, both the war and truce talks remained at a stalemate.

Even though Democrats controlled both the House and Senate, President Harry S. Truman's relation with Congress in his final two years in office was largely unproductive. Congress ...

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