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The Congress

Season 1 Episode 1 | 1hr 29m 18s

For 200 years, the United States Congress has been one of the country's most important and least understood institutions. Using historical photographs and newsreels, evocative live footage and interviews, Ken Burns chronicles the events that have shaped the first 200 years of congress and, in turn, our country.

Aired: 03/19/89
Funding Provided by: General Motors Corporation; the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; PBS; Ameritech
The United States Congress is known as “the engine of democracy.”
The United States Capitol is a building in which countless historical decisions were made.
The amendment transferred the election of senators from state legislators to the people.
David Broder talks about the importance of the first congress.
David McCullough talks about the real reason members vote for or against legislation.