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Congress fear of Standing Army

Congress was fearful of a standing army, despite its obvious necessity during wartime. How did its fears affect Washington and thus the army? Did Washington deal with congress effectively, why or why not?

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The solution is an 812-word discussion of the reasons why the US Congress was fearful of a standing army despite the necessity of said army during times of War. The position and views of Pres. Washington on the matter is presented, in particular, how he worked to appease his Congress to assail their fears and concerns. references are listed. A word version of the solution is attached for easy download and printing.