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Congress and the World Wars

Friday, February 09, 2018, 08:00am - 05:00pm

About The Event

To commemorate the centennial of U.S. entry into World War I in 2017, the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center presents the yearlong exhibition, Congress and the World Wars.

Through constituent correspondence, petitions, political cartoons, and posters, visitors will be able to see how Congress responded to the issues facing the nation and how that response impacted the lives of Americans and redefined the nation within the world.

Key legislation, such as the Selective Service Act, G.I. Bill of Rights, Marshall Plan, and declarations of war will be highlighted.

The first half of the exhibit, on display March 8, 2017, through September 11, 2017, will feature Congress’s actions during World War I and World War II.

The second half, on display September 13, 2017, through March 5, 2018, will feature Congress’s actions after the wars.

Key Legislation on Display:

o Declaration of War against Germany (World War I)
o Lend-Lease Act
o Declaration of War against Japan (World War II)
o Liberty Loan Act
o Emergency Price Control Act
o Selective Service Act
o G.I. Bill of Rights

o Treaty of Versailles
o Nineteenth Amendment
o Indian Citizenship Act
o Atomic Energy Act
o National Security Act

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Category: Museums and Exhibitions


Location : Capitol Visitors Center
U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC, 20515



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