Acts Passed at the Second Session of the Twenty-First Congress of the United States (1831)
Acts Passed at the Second Session of the Twenty-First Congress of the United States (1831}FIRST STATE of the first official collected printings of congressional acts, printed for use by the House and Senate, containing laws and treaties enacted under the President ANDREW JACKSON. Second Session of the Twenty-First Congress was held Dec 4, 1830 – Mar 4, 1831, passing 124 pieces of legislation.
Octavo within a 11 x 7 ½ rebound. In English. Printed by William A. Davis, Washington, D.C., 1831. FIRST EDITION. 117 pp. with an additional 187 pp. Appendix and Index. A once stab-stitched pamphlet, with original printed front wrapper and COMPLETE text block with uncut edges, bound into recent maroon textured cloth, with lettering piece, gilt fillets and titles to spine. Trivial wear to rear board. Text block is softened because of poor quality paper stock, therefore is worn, with light damp staining, light to moderate browning, foxing and curling of page edges, though largely unaffecting text. Several unopened signatures. Ex-library. Bookplate and glue stain to front pastedown. Small inventory label on page five. Not without issues, but still an appealing copy given its significance and relative scarcity.
The 21st Congress (1829–1831) signaled the beginning of Jacksonian Democracy in America, in which the general public took on a more pronounced role in government affairs. The clamor for more land and new resources led Congress to pass the Indian Removal Act (during the first session), which forced American Indians from the southeast to leave their ancestral homes and resettle west of the Mississippi River. Poor planning and a lack of funding made for terrible conditions during the trek westward. The path those refugees followed became infamous as the “Trail of Tears.” On Sept 27, 1830, “The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek,” the first removal treaty after the passage of the Indian Removal Act, is signed with the Choctaw.
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