Congress at War

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    Marilynn Crocker 1 year ago

    The 37th and 38th Congresses, who served from 1861 until 1865, were among the most important in American history. They passed legislation that kept the nation together during the Civil War, but they also broke ground on other extraordinary measures—such as Western homesteading, land-grant colleges and the Transcontinental Railroad, which transformed the U.S. socially and economically. In his compelling and vivid Congress at War, Fergus M. Bordewich delves deep into the difficult day-to-day politics that drove these achievements.

    In focus are four key members of Congress. Three were Republicans: Representative Thaddeus Stevens of Pennsylvania and Senator Ben Wade of Ohio, both called Radicals, and Senator William Fessenden of Maine, who was more cautious. The fourth was Clement Vallandigham, a Democrat from Ohio with Southern sympathies.

    Stevens, as chair of the Ways and Means Committee, dealt with the daily expenses of the military, as well as critical war measures. Fessenden’s greatest contribution to the Union victory was his leadership of the Senate Finance Committee, where he raised the money to sustain the war through crisis after crisis. What’s more, his vote to acquit Andrew Johnson during his impeachment trial may have decisively changed the course of history. Vallandigham was one of the great dissenters in our history, while Wade ably and effectively chaired the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War.

    Many congressmen insisted that they had the power to shape the course of the war. Some were even ahead of President Lincoln in such matters as the emancipation of slaves, enacting an incremental series of laws that helped abolitionism become public policy. One of their boldest and most controversial actions was the establishment of the aforementioned Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, which, over four years, investigated almost every aspect of the war and pressured the president to move more decisively against slavery and to take more aggressive military action.

    This recounting of a pivotal time in our history is superb and deserves a wide readership.

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    WillyCollins 11 months ago

    Congress has been at war for a long time, and I hope that they'll be okay soon. The news that I have been hearing about Congress recently hasn't been too good, and I hope that you'll share better news soon.

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    PINTO 2 months ago
    Congress of the United States played a crucial role in the Union's victory in the Civil War. Congress enabled victory by increasing the astronomical sums needed to keep pace with the war effort, and by introducing the innovative sale of war bonds and the country's first income tax. He is attending the forum to discuss the challenges of governing a divided nation and how Congress has helped to hold the Union together.  Abraham Lincoln led the nation and Congress in leading the Civil War with the best story ever written. Congress financed the war by creating the national currency.  Congress argued that President Lyndon Johnson's unilateral decision to send 30,000 additional troops into the Dominican Republic violated constitutional principles. Overcome by fear that Congress would not split along party lines as expected, the ensuing opposition to Johnson's war came from Johnson's fellow partisans, not Republicans.  During the Clinton years and the Cold War era, congressional majorities avoided controlling the president's powers in war. In 1989, a Democratic majority supported Republican President George H. W. Bush's invasion of Panama, even though Congress had been informed five hours earlier and had voted only after the invasion had begun. In 1999, when the war in Kosovo began, Republican House leaders resisted efforts by Rep. Tom Campbell R-California to assert Congressional constitutional war power. I hope my reply is helpful you  I'm working at university vouch for essays  https://essayservices.org/ services available to help academic students with their essay work. These services provide students with drafts with instructions and guidelines. You can find legit custom essay writing services, dissertation writing services, professional dissertation writers, and instant academic writing tools online. Each student has their own personal preferences and requirements      

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