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Financing the Civil War

By Wood, John

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Title: Financing the Civil War  
Author: Wood, John
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Federal Depository Library Program, Political science.
Collections: Federal Depository Library Collection
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Excerpts: The circumstances under which the Committee of Ways and T Means operated during the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth Congresses (1861-1865) were quite different from those existing in the 1850s, when sectional tensions had impeded the legislative process. All business, from the election of the Speaker of the House to the passage of minor appropriations bills, had been bogged down at various times by seemingly endless quarrels between various congressional factions. After the departure of congressmen from the seceded states during the winter and spring of 1860-61, the Republican Party was left with a substantial working majority in Congress. In legislative terms it proved to be a liberating change. Faced with a grave national emergency, the Republican Congress was forced to act quickly. It functioned remarkably well during the early stages of the war. As Congressman James G. Blaine remarked of the opening months of the Thirty-seventh Congress, ?In no other session of Congress was so much accomplished in so little time.?


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