The Congressional Timeline, developed and maintained by The Dirksen Congressional Center, arrays more than 900 of the nation's laws on a timeline beginning with the first Congress in 1789 and continuing to the present. A second timeline "band" depicts major political events as context for Congress's law-making...More
73rd Congress: March 9, 1933 - June 18, 1934
A meeting of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. The first session of Congress, known as the "Hundred Days," took place before the regular seating and was called by President Roosevelt specifically to pass two acts. March 9, 1933, The Emergency Banking Act...More
74th Congress: January 3, 1935 - June 20, 1936
The Soil and Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act allowed the government to pay farmers to reduce production so as to conserve soil, prevent erosion, and accomplish other minor goals. It was a piece of legislation passed in response to the Supreme Court's declaration....More
75th Congress: January 5, 1937 - June 16, 1938
In 1938 the Civil Aeronautics Act transferred federal responsibilities for non-military aviation from the Bureau of Air Commerce to a new, independent agency, the Civil Aeronautics Authority. The legislation also gave the authority the power to regulate airline fares and to determine...More
76th Congress: January 3, 1939 - January 3, 1941
On November 4, 1939, the Neutrality Act of 1939 was passed, allowing for arms trade with belligerent nations on a cash and carry basis, thus in effect ending the arms embargo. ...More
77th Congress: January 3, 1941, to December 16, 1942
The Lend-Lease Act was signed into law on March 11, 1941, a year and a half after the outbreak of the European war in September 1939, but six months before the U.S. entrance into the war in December 1941. It was called An Act Further to Promote the Defense of the United States...More
United States Congress, 1789-1989
To celebrate Congress Week 2015, The Dirksen Congressional Center has digitized the March 2, 1989, program “In Commemoration of The Bicentennial of The United States Congress, 1789-1989.” http://www.robertmichel.name/Bicentennial/
House Republican Leader Robert H. Michel delivered remarks at the event. His reading copy is posted at http://www.robertmichel.name/Bicentennial/
In 1996, The Dirksen Congressional Center launched the first edition of its flagship Web site, CongressLink. It was a pioneering and award-winning effort to consolidate information about Congress into a single Web site for teachers of American government and civics.
In January 2015, however, The Center decided to take down CongressLink and a related site, About Government. Why? Today, other organizations, such as the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the Senate and House of Representatives, have more robust Web sites and resources to serve teachers and the general public. Powerful search engines, such as Google, deliver more current and accurate information than either CongressLink or About Government.
We have decided to concentrate on developing Web content based on the unique, historical collections at The Center. You will now find links to these resources at The Dirksen Congressional Center’s homepage: http://www.dirksencenter.org.
Dirksen Center Special Projects
Dirksen Center Special Projects is a series of multi-media projects rich in Web-based resources on a variety of topics from civil rights to editorial cartoons. We have posted them where it makes sense within our Web suite. But as the suite has grown, we suspect it has become more difficult to find these special projects.
To make them stand out, we have created the Dirksen Center Special Projects web page to host links to all our special projects listed below.
- Abraham Lincoln & the IL Congressional District
- The Civil Rights Documentation Project
- Editorial Cartoon Collection
- Civility in the Golden Age, 1959-1969
- Library of Congress: Architecture and Symbolism
- The 1960s: A Multi-Media View from Capitol Hill
- Promoting the Marigold as National Floral Emblem
- The Serious Consequences of Congress as a Target for Humorists
- 14 Units to Learn How a Bill Becomes a Law
- Bob Michel and His Presidents: Richard Nixon
- Anatomy of a Congressional Leadership Race
- Congressional Timeline
- "Facing the Post-War World: Everett M. Dirksen Abroad, 1945"
- Joint Senate-House Republican Leadership Minutes, 1961-68
- MacNeil, Neil (1923-2008), Reporting
- Scott W. Lucas: The Nation's Number One Senator
- Understanding Congressional Decisions Through Vectors
- Bob Michel and His Presidents: Dwight D. Eisenhower