Congress was designed to be a slow and deliberative body with the intention that it provide stability and place the public interest at the center of its decisions. Over time, however, Congress has changed and become a less deliberative body, focusing more on individual members' interests rather than the interests of the nation as a whole.
 
Lesson plan PDF includes all handouts:
Handout A: Background Essay
Handout B: Excerpts from the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887
Handout C: Excerpts from The Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933
Handout D: Excerpts from The National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933
Handout E: Excerpts from the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964
Handout F: Comparing Legislation Graphic Organizer
Answer Key
Introductory Essay Founding Principles, Virtues, and Glossary
 
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