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Selected and introduced by Joseph Postell




This collection of documents on the United States Congress continues the Ashbrook Center’s extended series of document collections covering major periods, themes and institutions in American history and government. The volume begins with commentary from those involved in the debate over the ratification of the Constitution on the nature of representation in the newly formed Congress; it ends with the reflections of two recent congressmen on the evolution of the powers and organization of that body. It covers not only the role of Congress in relation to the other branches of government (most particularly the presidency), but also in relation to political parties. Its documents explore the shifting leadership structures within the Congress as various political parties and personalities rose and fell over the course of American history.

This collection and its companion volumes—The American PresidencyPolitical Parties, The Judicial Branch, The Separation of Powers, and Federalism—will comprise a detailed account of America’s major political ideas and institutions. The document volume series will also include a collection of the most important Supreme Court decisions, as well as two volumes on the First Amendment. One will cover religious freedom and the other the freedoms of speech and assembly


Table of Contents

Documents Include:

  • Debates on Congress, 1787
  • Cato No. 5, 1787
  • Federal Farmer, 1787
  • Brutus No. 16, 1788
  • Federalist No. 58, 1788
  • United States Congress, A Debate on the President’s Removal Power, 1789
  • Alexander Hamilton, Pacificus No. 1, 1793
  • United States Congress, Debate on the Constitutionality of the Mexican War, 1846
  • Thomas Brackett Reed, “Rules of the House of Representatives,” 1889
  • House of Representatives, The Revolt of 1910,
  • Herbert Croly, Progressive Democracy, 1914
  • Karl Mundt, Speech on the Constitutionality of the Korean War, 1951
  • Richard Armey, “Reflections on the Republican Revolution,” 2005
  • John Boehner, “This is the People’s House,” 2011