Book Talk with Fergus Bordewich: The First Congress

James Madison, after a portrait by Gilbert Stuart (Library of Congress)
Fergus Bordewich

Fergus Bordewich

On June 8, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society will host a book talk with Fergus Bordewich, author of The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government. Bordewich will speak at noon at 200 Maryland Ave. NE; Washington, DC 20002. The talk is free and open to the public, though Pre-Registration is requested. Books will be available for purchase.

book cover of The First Congress by Fergus BordewichIn The First Congress, Bordewich tells the little known story of perhaps the most productive Congress in U.S. history, the First Federal Congress of 1789-1791. Bordewich argues that this first Congress was the most important in America’s history because it established how our government would actually function. Had it failed, as many at the time feared it would, it is possible that the United States as we know it would not exist today. Here’s a recent review.

Starting in late July, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society will also host its annual brown bag lecture series on a variety of topics. Please check back for further detail, which will be posted as soon as it is available.