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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.

Eighty-Sixth Congress: January 3, 1959, to January 3, 1961
Eighty-sixth Congress: January 3, 1959, to January 3, 1961
  • First session—January 7, 1959, to September 15, 1959
  • Second session—January 6, 1960, to September 1, 1960
  • (Second administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1957–1961)
Historical Background

During President Dwight D. Eisenhower's final two years in office, U.S.-Soviet relations ran the gamut from cordial to bitter. A six-month ultimatum set by Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev for achieving a settlement on the occupation of Berlin passed by almost unnoticed in May 1959. Two months later, Vice President Richard M. Nixon received a friendly reception by Russian crowds on his thirteen-day tour of the Soviet Union. Then in September, at Eisenhower's invitation, Khrushchev visited the United States for consultations with the president and a transcontinental tour. ...

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