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Our documents : 100 milestone documents from the National Archives

A collection of one hundred documents that were important in the development of the United States from its founding to 1965, including the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and lesser-known writings
Print Book, English, 2003
Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2003
256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
9780195172065, 9780195172072, 9780195309591, 019517206X, 0195172078, 0195309596
1776: Lee Resolution ; Declaration of Independence
1777: Articles of Confederation
1778: Treaty of Alliance with France
1782: Original design of the Great Seal of the United States
1783: Treaty of Paris
1787: Virginia Plan ; Northwest Ordinance ; Constitution of the United States
1787-1788: Federalist Papers, No. 10 & No. 51
1789: President George Washington's First Inaugural Speech ; Federal Judiciary Act
1791: Bill of Rights
1794: Patent for Cotton Gin
1796: President George Washington's Farewell Address
1798: Alien and Sedition Acts
1803: Jefferson's Secret Message to Congress Regarding the Lewis and Clark Expedition ; Louisiana Purchase Treaty ; Marbury v. Madison
1814: Treaty of Ghent
1819: McCulloch v. Maryland
1820: Missouri Compromise
1823: Monroe Doctrine
1824 Gibbons v. Ogden
1830: President Andrew Jackson's message to congress "On Indian Removal"
1848: Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
1850: Compromise of 1850
1854: Kansas-Nebraska Act
1857: Scott v. Sandford
1861: Telegram announcing the surrender of Fort Sumter
1862: Homestead Act ; Pacific Railway Act ; Morrill Act
1863: Emancipation proclamation ; War Department General Order 143: Creation of the U.S. Colored Troops ; Gettysburg Address
1864: Wade-Davis Bill
1865: President Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address ; Articles of Agreement Relating to the Surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia ; Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery
1868: Check for the purchase of Alaska ; Treaty of Fort Laramie ; Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Civil Rights
1870: Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Voting Rights
1872: Act establishing Yellowstone National Park
1879: Patent application for the light bulb
1882: Chinese Exclusion Act
1883: Pendleton Act
1887: Interstate Commerce Act ; Dawes Act
1890: Sherman Anti-Trust Act
1896: Plessy v. Ferguson. 1898: De Lome Letter ; Joint Resolution to Provide for Annexing the Hawaiian Islands to the United States
1901: Platt Amendment
1905: Theodore Roosevelt's Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine
1913: Sixteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Federal Income Tax ; Seventeenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Direct Election of U.S. Senators
1916: Keating-Owen Child Labor Act
Zimmermann Telegram ; Address to Congress Leading to a Declaration of War Against Germany
1918: President Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points
1920: Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women's Right to Vote
1928: Boulder Canyon Project Act
1933: Tennessee Valley Authority Act ; National Industrial Recovery Act
1935: National Labor Relations Act ; Social Security Act
1936: President Franklin Roosevelt's Speech in Defense of the Second New Deal
1941: The Four Freedoms: President Franklin Roosevelt's Speech in Defense of the Second New Deal ; Lend-Lease Act ; Executive Order 8802: Prohibition of Discrimination in the Defense Industry ; Address to Congress Leading to a Declaration of War Against Japan
1942: Executive Order 9066: Japanese Relocation Order
1944: General Dwight D. Eisenhower's Order of the Day ; Servicemen's Readjustment Act
1945: Manhattan Project Notebook ; Surrender of Germany ; United Nations Charter ; Surrender of Japan
1947: Truman Doctrine
1948: Marshall Plan ; Press Release Announcing U.S. Recognition of Israel ; Executive Order 9981: Desegregation of the Armed Forces
1953: Armistice agreement for the Restoration of the South Korean State
1954: Senate Resolution 301: Censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy ; Brown v. Board of Education
1956: national Interstate and Defense Highways Act
1957: Executive Order 10730: Desegregation of Central High School
1961 President Dwight . Eisenhower's Farewell Address ; President John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address ; Executive Order 10924: Establishment of the Peace Corps
1962: John Glenn's Official Communication with the Command Center ; Aerial Photograph of Missiles in Cuba
1963: Test Ban Treaty ; Official Program for the March on Washington
1964: Civil Rights Act ; Tonkin Gulf Resolution
1965: Social Security Act Amendments ; Voting Rights Act
Further reading Companion website with graphics, transcripts, and high-res PDFs of each document.