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Documentary History of the First Federal Congress, 1789-1791

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A view of the Federal Hall of the City of New York, as appeared in the year 1797; with the adjacent buildings thereto. Courtesy Library of Congress.


George Washington University

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press

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A comprehensive edition of all known official and unofficial documents pertaining to the First Federal Congress that launched our government and turned the words of the U.S. Constitution into the reality of a working government. The edition is comprised of four series:

  • Legislative Journals
  • Legislative Histories, 1789-1791
  • Petitions
  • Legislative Debates

Supplementary volumes: Creating the Bill of Rights and Birth of the Nation were also published by the project.

Complete in 22 volumes


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