The Congress


Using historical photographs and newsreels, evocative live footage and interviews, The Congress (1989) chronicles the events that have shaped the first 200 years of congress and, in turn, our country.

  • The Congress | Ken Burns: The Congress

    View images of Joseph Gurney ("Uncle Joe") Cannon, Speaker of the House from 1903 to 1911, images of the Senate and House of Representatives, and an image of the United States Capitol, where the legislative branch meets on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The United States Congress is the legislative body of the Federal Government, the branch of government dedicated to making laws. The Congress was defined in Article One of the United States Constitution more than 200 years ago. It is a bicameral legislature, meaning that it is divided into two deliberative chambers, a Senate and a House of Representatives. 

    Grades: 6-12

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