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1. Call for 75,000 Volunteers. April 15, 1861 .

2. Proclamation declaring a Blockade of Southern Ports. April 19,

1861

3. Act for the Collection of Duties. July 13, 1861

4. Act for a National Loan. July 17, 1861

5. Act authorizing the Employment of Volunteers. July 22, 1861

6. Resolution on the Nature and Object of the War. July 22, 1861 .

7. Indemnity for State War Expenses. July 27, 1861

8. Act for calling out the Militia. July 29, 1861

9. Act to define and punish certain Conspiracies. July 31, 1861

10. Supplementary National Loan Act. August 5, 1861

II. Confiscation Act. August 6, 1861

12. Act authorizing the Seizure of Railroad and Telegraph Lines.

January 31, 1862

13. Act prohibiting the Coolie Trade. February 19, 1862 .

14. Act authorizing the Issue of Legal Tender Notes. February 25,

1862

15. Act for an Additional Article of War. March 13, 1862

16. Act authorizing further Purchase of Coin. March 17, 1862

- 17. Joint Resolution on Compensated Emancipation. April 10, 1862.

- 18. Act abolishing Slavery in the District of Columbia. April 16, 1862

-19. Collection of Direct Taxes in Insurrectionary States. June 7, 1862

- 20. Abolition of Slavery in the Territories. June 19, 1862 .

21. Anti-Polygamy Act. July 1, 1862

Oath of Office. July 2, 1862 .

23. Election of Representatives by Districts. July 14, 1862

- 24. Confiscation Act. July 17, 1862

25. Act to authorize Payments in Stamps. July 17, 1862

26. Militia Act. July 17, 1862

27. Act admitting West Virginia. December 31, 1862

28. Emancipation Proclamation. January 1, 1863

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29. Act to punish Correspondence with Rebels. February 25, 1863

30. Act to provide Ways and Means for the Support of the Govern-

ment. March 3, 1863

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31. Enrolment Act. March 3, 1863

68

32. Act relating to Habeas Corpus. March 3, 1863

75

33. Act for the Collection of Abandoned Property. March 3, 1863 79

34. Resolution against Foreign Mediation. March 3, 1863

81

35. Proclamation of Amnesty. December 8, 1863

85

36. Supplementary Enrolment Act. February 24, 1864

88

37. National Bank Act. June 3, 1864

93

38. Repeal of the Fugitive Slave Law. June 28, 1864

113

39. Intercourse with Insurrectionary States. July 2, 1864

114

40. Enrolment Act. July 4, 1864

117

41. Act to encourage Immigration. July 4, 1864

42. Proclamation regarding Reconstruction. July 8, 1864

43. Electoral Count. February 8, 1865

128

44. Freedmen's Bureau. March 3, 1865

129

45. Freedom for Soldiers' Families. March 3, 1865

132

46. Proclamation of Amnesty. May 29, 1865

133

47. Proclamation appointing a Governor for North Carolina. May 29,

1865

135

48. Thirteenth Amendment. December 18, 1865

138

49. Proclamation declaring the Insurrection at an End. April 2, 1866 139

50. First Civil Rights Act. April 9, 1866

141

51. Supplementary Freedmen's Bureau Act. July 16, 1866

147

52. Restoration of Tennessee. July 24, 1866

151

53. Election of Senators. July 25, 1866

152

54. Franchise in the District of Columbia. January 8, 1867

154

55. Elective Franchise in the Territories. January 31, 1867

155

56. First Reconstruction Act. March 2, 1867

156

57. Tenure of Office Act. March 2, 1867

160

58. Act of Indemnity. March 2, 1867

164

59. Command of the Army. March 2, 1867

60. Abolition of Peonage. March 2, 1867

168

61. Payments to Disloyal Persons. March 2, 1867

169

62. Second Reconstruction Act. March 23, 1867

170

63. Treaty with Russia for the Cession of Alaska. March 30, 1867 174

64. Third Reconstruction Act. July 19, 1867

179

65. Act suspending Reduction of the Currency. February 4, 1868

183

66. Articles of Impeachment. March 2–3, 1868 .

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67. Fourth Reconstruction Act. March 11, 1868

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68. Act admitting Arkansas to Representation in Congress. June 22,

1868

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69. Act admitting North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia,

Alabama, and Florida to Representation in Congress. June

25, 1868.

70. Eight-hour Law. June 25, 1868

203

71. Oath of Office. July 11, 1868

204

72. Joint Resolution excluding Electoral Votes of the Late Rebellious

States. July 20, 1868

205

73. Rights of American Citizens in Foreign States. July 27, 1868 206

74. Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. July 28, 1868 208

75. Proclamation granting Full Amnesty. December 25, 1868

76. Provisional Governments of Virginia, Texas, and Mississippi. Feb-

ruary 18, 1869

213

77. Extradition Act. March 3, 1869

214

78. Act to strengthen the Public Credit. March 18, 1869

215

79. Equal Rights in the District of Columbia. March 18, 1869

216

80. Amended Tenure of Office Act. April 5, 1869

217

81. Submission of the Constitutions of Virginia, Mississippi, and Texas.

April 10, 1869

219

82. Reconstruction of Georgia. December 22, 1869

83. Admission of Virginia to Representation in Congress. January

26, 1870.

224

84. Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution. March 30, 1870. 226

85. Act to enforce the Fifteenth Amendment. May 31, 1870

227

86. Redemption and Bank Note Act. July 12, 1870

235

87. Naturalization Act. July 14, 1870

238

88. Act for refunding the National Debt. July 14, 1870

242

89. Act for the Restoration of Georgia. July 15, 1870

246

90. San Domingo Commissioners. January 12, 1871

247

91. Supplementary Act to enforce the Fifteenth Amendment. February

28, 1871.

249

92. Act to enforce the Fourteenth Amendment. April 20, 1871. 262

93. Treaty of Washington. May 8, 1871

268

94. Act removing Political Disabilities. May 22, 1872

• 290

95. Supplementary Federal Election Law. June 10, 1872

291

96. Coinage Act. February 12, 1873 .

294

97. Act regarding United States Notes and National Bank Currency.

June 20, 1874

296

98. Resumption of Specie Payments. January 14, 1875

301

99. Civil Rights Act. March 1, 1875.

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100. Joint Resolution for the Issue of Silver Coin. July 22, 1876 306

101. Electoral Count Act. January 29, 1877

102. Coinage of the Standard Silver Dollar. February 28, 1878 313

103. Act forbidding the further Retirement of Legal Tender Notes.

May 31, 1878.

104. Use of the Army at the Polls. May 4, 1880

317

105. Purchase of Bonds. March 3, 1881

318

106. Anti-Polygamy Act. March 22, 1882 .

319

107. Act restricting Chinese Immigration. May 6, 1882

323

108. National Bank Circulation, Bonds, and Gold Certificates. July

12, 1882.

109. Civil Service Act. January 16, 1883

332

IIO. Contract Labor Act. February 26, 1885

339

III. Presidential Succession Act. January 19, 1886

342

Act prohibiting Special Laws in the Territories. July 30, 1886 344

113. Electoral Count Act. February 3, 1887

347

114. Interstate Commerce Act. February 4, 1887

352

115. Allotment of Lands in Severalty to Indians. February 8, 1887 372

116. Ownership of Real Estate in the Territories. March 3, 1887 377

117. Retirement of the Trade Dollar. March 3, 1887

379

118. Anti-Polygamy Act. March 3, 1887

119. Chinese Exclusion Act. September 13, 1888

389

120. Anti-Trust Act. July 2, 1890

395

121. Silver Purchase Act. July 14, 1890

397

122. "Original Package" Act. August 8, 1890

401

123. Anti-Lottery Act. September 18, 1890

402

124. Immigration and Contract Labor. March 3, 1891

405

125. Repeal of the Silver Purchase Act of 1890. November 1, 1893 411

126. President Cleveland's Venezuelan Message. December 17, 1895 413

127. Alien Ownership of Real Estate in the Territories. March 2, 1897 419

128. Recognition of the Independence of Cuba. April 20, 1898 422

129. Declaration of War. April 25, 1898

424

130. Annexation of the Hawaiian Islands. July 7, 1898

131. Treaty of Paris. December 10, 1898

429

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