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First Federal Congress Project Biography

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“The FFCP’s offices in suite 255 at 2l20 L St. N.W. house copies of all the known primary documentary record of this Congress. In addition the FFCP has an extensive Revolutionary War–Early National period library, particularly modern documentary editions and other primary sources. The FFCP has hosted numerous researchers working on everything from monographs to legal cases to lesson plans. The coeditors have taught several institutes for secondary school teachers, participated in many professional conferences, and consulted for media productions. They have helped teachers and others to understand the importance of this Congress, which acted as a virtual second sitting of the Federal Convention, addressing issues that the Convention found too potentially divisive to handle such as the jurisdiction and structure of the federal judiciary, the funding of the Revolutionary War debt, and the location of the federal capital. The First Congress fleshed out the structure of the federal government provided in the Constitution and provided stability for the new nation.”

“About the First Federal Congress Project,” First Federal Congress Project website (accessed Apr. 14, 2010)


“The First Federal Congress Project (FFCP), a chartered University Research Center and affiliated with the Department of History at The George Washington University, has a dual mission: collecting, researching, editing and publishing the universally acclaimed and well reviewed Documentary History of the First Federal Congress, l789-l791, and serving as a research/education center on the most important and productive Congress in U.S. history.”

“About the First Federal Congress Project,” First Federal Congress Project website (accessed Apr. 14, 2010)

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