The 114th Congress has had its fair share of problems. But it’s hard to compare them to the struggles of the first Congress in 1789. The country was young and broke; the judicial branch barely existed; Americans used 50 different types of currency and argued over whether the president should be a king. Author Fergus Bordewich [Borda-wick] joins Forum to discuss his new book, “The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government.”
Rebroadcast: Fergus Bordewich on the Impact of America’s First Congress
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Author and historian Fergus Bordewich (Photo: Jack Braschi)
Fergus Bordewich, author, journalist and historian; author "The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government"