After the Civil War, Congress grew increasingly assertive and also became more concerned with how it organized itself as a legislative body. This period was marked by clashes over the powers of party bosses, the proper role of Speakers of the House, and the influence committees and committee chairs over the progress of legislation.
Lesson plan PDF includes all handouts:
Handout A: The Golden Age of Parties — The Civil War to 1910
Handout B: The Impeachment of President Andrew Johnson
Handout C: Excerpts from the Articles of Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
Introductory Essay Founding Principles, Virtues, and Glossary