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The 274 broadsides in Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional
Convention, 1774-1789, chronicle the founding of our nation from Colonial
resistance to British rule and the Revolutionary War, through the drafting and
ratification of the Constitution. The collections include the Declaration of Independence,
Articles of Confederation, drafts of the Constitution, resolutions, proclamations,
a More Perfect Union: An Introduction to the Congressional Documents
America during the Age of Revolution
These historical era(s) are best represented
in the collection, although they may not be all-encompassing.
The American Revolution, 1763-1783
The New Nation, 1780-1815
These collections and exhibits contain thematically-related
primary and secondary sources. Also browse the Collection
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collections and exhibits
Recommended additional sources of information.
of Lawmaking For a New Nation, 1774-1873
Independence: Drafting the Documents
Washington Papers, 1741-1799
Map Collections, 1500-2004
Treasures of the Library of Congress
of Liberty: Building the Capitol for a New Nation
Jefferson Papers, 1606-1827
Specific guidance for searching this collection.
of a Nation
Read More About It! - A bibliography
items using keywords, or by browsing the Subject
Searches for individuals with common first names (such as James,
John, George, and Thomas) result in large hit lists. To narrow results,
last name only or look for exact matches with an individual's first
and last name.
Generally, broadsides do not cite authors. Searching for famous
patriots will produce results if the name appears within the full
text of a document, if the individual was a signer of the document,
or if the individual was cited in the bibliographic record.
For help with search words, go to Continental Congress and
Constitutional Convention Subject
Index and the Synonym
For help with search strategies, see Finding
Items in American Memory.
You can read and search all of the text in this collection without
special viewers. However, to see images of broadsides or the SGML
version of the text, you may need special viewers. For help with
viewers, go to American
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Note: Illustrations in Learn More About It! are taken from the
Special Presentation To
Form a More Perfect Union: An Introduction to the Congressional
Documents and the exhibit Declaring
Independence: Drafting the Documents.