Senators' Pay in the First Congress

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Senators are public servants but they do get paychecks. The activity focuses on historical analysis and a treasury document from the first Congress. Scholars read the document, answer questions, and participate in group discussion to understand the rationale behind senators' base pay and how it has changed. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Compare senators' pay in the first Congress to what they make today
  • Discuss the pros and cons of public service 
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a computer with Internet access to complete the activity
  • Activity includes teaching instructions 
  • The resource includes links with additional background knowledge to help students understand the activity 
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