The First Congress
posted by Gerard Magliocca
It occurs to me that nobody has done an top-notch study of the First Congress. While the Constitutional Convention and the state ratifying conventions were very important in shaping our institutions, the First Congress ranks with them. Among other things, that body created: (1) the federal judiciary; (2) the Bill of Rights; (3) the original executive departments; and (4) the Bank of the United States. There were plenty of precedents established as well which were crucial for separation of powers and the internal operations of Congress. If there is a fine book on this, though, I’d love to hear about it.
As an aside, I’m pleased by the brisk sales of American Founding Son thus far. But there is always brisker.