Congress at War

In his compelling and vivid Congress at War, Fergus M. Bordewich delves deep into the difficult day-to-day politics of the 37th and 38th Congresses.

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Review of ‘Congress at War’

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…

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