THE CONGRESS: Work for the 85th

Between July 28, 1956, when the 84th Congress adjourned, and Jan. 3, 1957, when the 85th Congress convened, an avalanche of events had changed virtually every recognizable feature of the world landscape as seen from Capitol Hill. The U.S. returned Dwight Eisenhower to office in a devastating sweep—but for the first time in history a re-elected President would be confronted by a Congress controlled by the opposition. Crisis in the Middle East strained and stretched (but did not break) the historic alliance with Britain and France, even while crisis in Poland...

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