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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-Seventh Congress: January 3, 1961, to January 3, 1963
Eighty-seventh Congress: January 3, 1961, to January 3, 1963
  • First session—January 3, 1961, to September 27, 1961
  • Second session—January 10, 1962, to October 13, 1962
  • (Administration of John F. Kennedy, 1961–1963)
Historical Background

On January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy took the oath of office as the thirty-fifth president of the United States. He was the youngest person ever elected chief executive. Kennedy declared in his inaugural address that the “torch had been passed to a new generation of Americans—born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our heritage.” He challenged Americans and free men everywhere “to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle … against the common enemies of man: tyranny, ...

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