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The Resource The First Congress : how James Madison, George Washington, and a group of extraordinary men invented the government, Fergus M. Bordewich

The First Congress : how James Madison, George Washington, and a group of extraordinary men invented the government, Fergus M. Bordewich

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The First Congress : how James Madison, George Washington, and a group of extraordinary men invented the government
Title
The First Congress
Title remainder
how James Madison, George Washington, and a group of extraordinary men invented the government
Statement of responsibility
Fergus M. Bordewich
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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."--Publisher website
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DLC
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Bordewich, Fergus M
Dewey number
328.7309/033
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JK1059 1st
LC item number
.B67 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • United States
  • United States
  • Politics and government
  • United States
  • United States
Label
The First Congress : how James Madison, George Washington, and a group of extraordinary men invented the government, Fergus M. Bordewich
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-377) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
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 fav'rite seat -- A most mischievous engine -- Epilogue: American dawn
Control code
ocn910566523
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
xv, 396 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates
Isbn
9781451691931
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015017286
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)910566523
Label
The First Congress : how James Madison, George Washington, and a group of extraordinary men invented the government, Fergus M. Bordewich
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-377) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
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 fav'rite seat -- A most mischievous engine -- Epilogue: American dawn
Control code
ocn910566523
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
xv, 396 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates
Isbn
9781451691931
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015017286
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)910566523

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