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The First Congress

Author : Fergus M. Bordewich
ISBN : 9781451691931
Genre : History
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Preface: Nebuchadnezzar's monster -- An ocean always turbulent -- The fostering hand of government -- A new era -- Pomp and quiddling -- A very perplexing business -- A great and delicate subject -- Vile politics -- Propositions of a doubtful nature -- Paper guarantees -- A centre without parallel -- Interlude I -- The labyrinth of finance -- A gross national iniquity -- The trumpet of sedition -- Cabals, meetings, plots & counterplots -- A southern position -- Indians -- Interlude II -- Freedom's favorite seat -- A most mischievous engine -- Epilogue: American dawn

The First Congress

Author : Fergus M. Bordewich
ISBN : 1451692110
Genre : History
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This “fascinating” (Chicago Tribune), “lively” (The New York Times) history tells how the First Congress and the Washington administration created one of the most productive and far-reaching governments in American history—“gracefully written…and well worth reading” (The Wall Street Journal). The First Congress may have been the most important in American history because it established how our government would work. The Constitution was a broad set of principles that left undefined the machinery of government. Fortunately, far-sighted, brilliant, and determined men such as Washington, Madison, Adams, Hamilton, and Jefferson (and others less well known today) labored to create a functioning government. In The First Congress, award-winning author Fergus Bordewich brings to life the achievements of the First Congress: it debated and passed the first ten amendments to the Constitution, which we know as the Bill of Rights; admitted North Carolina and Rhode Island to the union when they belatedly ratified the Constitution, then admitted two new states, Kentucky and Vermont, establishing the procedure for admitting new states on equal terms with the original thirteen; chose the site of the national capital, a new city to be built on the Potomac; created a national bank to handle the infant republic’s finances; created the first cabinet positions and the federal court system; and many other achievements. But it avoided the subject of slavery, which was too contentious to resolve. The First Congress takes us back to the days when the future of our country was by no means assured and makes “an intricate story clear and fascinating” (The Washington Post).

The First Congress

Author : Fergus M. Bordewich
ISBN : 9781451692136
Genre : History
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The little known story of perhaps the most productive Congress in US history, the First Federal Congress of 1789–1791. The First Congress was the most important in US history, says prizewinning author and historian Fergus Bordewich, because it established how our government would actually function. Had it failed—as many at the time feared it would—it’s possible that the United States as we know it would not exist today. The Constitution was a broad set of principles. It was left to the members of the First Congress and President George Washington to create the machinery that would make the government work. Fortunately, James Madison, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and others less well known today, rose to the occasion. During two years of often fierce political struggle, they passed the first ten amendments to the Constitution; they resolved bitter regional rivalries to choose the site of the new national capital; they set in place the procedure for admitting new states to the union; and much more. But the First Congress also confronted some issues that remain to this day: the conflict between states’ rights and the powers of national government; the proper balance between legislative and executive power; the respective roles of the federal and state judiciaries; and funding the central government. Other issues, such as slavery, would fester for decades before being resolved. The First Congress tells the dramatic story of the two remarkable years when Washington, Madison, and their dedicated colleagues struggled to successfully create our government, an achievement that has lasted to the present day.

Birth Of The Nation

Author : Charlene Bangs Bickford
ISBN : 0945612141
Genre : Political Science
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Birth of the Nation is the first comprehensive treatment of the work of the critically important Congress which converted the words of the Federal Constitution of 1787 into action and brought to a close the American Revolution.

The Earliest Stage Of Language Planning

Author : Joshua A. Fishman
ISBN : 3110135302
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Documentary History Of The First Federal Congress Of The United States Of America March 4 1789 March 3 1791

Author : U. S. Congress
ISBN : 0801841771
Genre : History
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Volumes 12 and 13 of this highly acclaimed documentary edition cover the first Congress's second session, from January to August 1790. Among other important issues in this critical period, Congress debated Hamilton's report on the public credit, federal assumption of state Revolutionary War debts, and antislavery petitions from Pennsylvania Quakers. The editors once more have assembled the most complete and reliable text of the debates by examining a variety of sources: stenographer Thomas Lloyd's shorthand notes, his Congressional Register, and contemporary newspaper accounts. Praise for previous volumes: "A treasure-trove of incomparable knowledge about the beginnings of Congress."--Presidential Studies Quarterly. "A window into [the] time... Rich in anecdotes and illuminating detail."--Washington Post.

Secret Journals Of The Acts And Proceedings Of Congress From The First Meeting Thereof To The Dissolution Of The Confederation

Author : United States. Continental Congress
ISBN : UOM:39015012315878
Genre : Constitutional history
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