National Park Service

The Civil War: 150 Years. National Park Service Sesquicentennial Commemoration.

Then: December 10, 1861

Examining the War Effort

Photo of Benjamin Wade

Congress creates the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War to provide checks on the executive branch's oversight of the war, though it is often biased against Democrats in its investigations.

Now: November 27, 2002

Examining National Security

Photo of 9/11 Commission Report

Congress creates the 9/11 Commission to "prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 attacks" and make recommendations to prevent future attacks.

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