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Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka I and II

[This is an abridged version of the document.]   Brown v. Board of Education of…
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Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787

[This is an abridged version of the document.] Thursday, May 31 In the Committee of…
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Consequences of the Proposed “New Deal”

Source: “Address at Madison Square Garden in New York City,” October 31, 1932. Online by…
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Fort Hill Address

[This is an abridged version of the document.]   The question of the relation which…
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The Webster-Hayne Debates

[This is an abridged version of the document.]   Speech of Senator Robert Y. Hayne…
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“Corner Stone” Speech (excerpt)

[This is an abridged version of the document.]   Savannah, Georgia, as reported in the Savannah…
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Brutus II

Source: Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Held in the…
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Resolution Submitting the Thirteenth Amendment to the States

Thirty-Eighth Congress of the United States. A Resolution Submitting to the Legislatures of the several…
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Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom

Whereas Almighty God hath created the mind free; that all attempts to influence it by…
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Speech on the Oregon Bill

[This is an abridged version of the document.] The first question which offers itself for…
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Brutus I

Source: Herbert J. Storing, ed., The Complete Anti-Federalist (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1981),…
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Plessy v. Ferguson

[This is an abridged version of the document.] The statute of Louisiana, acts of 1890,…
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Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine

[This is an abridged version of the document.] Fourth Annual Message to Congress To the…
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Progressive Party Platform of 1912

The conscience of the people, in a time of grave national problems, has called into…
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“Property”

National Gazette This term in its particular application means “that dominion which one man claims…
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Dred Scott v. Sandford

Mr. Chief Justice TANEY delivered the opinion of the court. … The question is simply…
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The Long Telegram

Source: The Chargé in the Soviet Union (Kennan) to the Secretary of State, February 22,…
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New Nationalism Speech

A Speech Delivered at the Dedication of the John Brown Memorial Park in Osawatomie, Kansas…
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State of the Union Address (1944)

To the Congress: This Nation in the past two years has become an active partner…
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Letter to John Holmes

I thank you, dear Sir, for the copy you have been so kind as to…
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Commonwealth Club Address

Source: Samuel I. Rosenman and William D. Hassett, eds., The Public Papers and Addresses of…
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First Inaugural Address (1801)

Source: Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, 4 March 1801, Founders Online, National Archives, Friends &…
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“Fourteen Points” Message

Gentlemen of the Congress, — Once more, as repeatedly before, the spokesmen of the Central…
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“What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”

Mr. President, Friends and Fellow Citizens: He who could address this audience without a quailing…
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“A Time for Choosing”

Thank you very much. Thank you and good evening. The sponsor has been identified, but…
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Monroe Doctrine

[This is an abridged version of the document.]   Seventh Annual Message to Congress Fellow-Citizens…
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Speech on Amendments to the Constitution

Source: Annals of Congress, ed. Joseph Gales, (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1834), I: 448–459,…
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“Great Society” Speech

Commencement Speech at the University of Michigan   President Hatcher, Governor Romney, Senators McNamara and…
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Farewell Address (1796)

Friends, and Fellow-Citizens: The period for a new election of a Citizen, to Administer the…
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Proclamation Regarding Nullification

[This is an abridged version of the document.]   Whereas a convention, assembled in the State…
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Veto Message of the Bill on the Bank of the United States

To the Senate. The bill “to modify and continue” the act entitled “An act to…
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Speech on the Repeal of the Missouri Compromise

Peoria, Illinois The repeal of the Missouri Compromise, and the propriety of its restoration, constitute…
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Marbury v. Madison

At the December Term, 1801, William Marbury, Dennis Ramsay, Robert Townsend Hooe, and William Harper,…
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Speech on the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania We meet to celebrate the birthday of America. The coming of a new…
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Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln

Delivered at the Unveiling of The Freedmen’s Monument in Lincoln Park, Washington, D.C. Friends and…
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Second Inaugural Address (1865)

Abraham Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln papers: Series 3. General Correspondence. 1837-1897: Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1865…
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Gettysburg Address

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new…
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Final Emancipation Proclamation

By the President of the United States of America: A Proclamation. Whereas, on the twentysecond…
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Fragment on the Constitution and Union

All this is not the result of accident. It has a philosophical cause. Without the…
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Letter to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport

Gentlemen: While I received with much satisfaction your address replete with expressions of esteem, I…
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Federalist No. 51

Source: George W. Carey and James McClellan, eds., The Federalist: The Gideon Edition (Indianapolis: Liberty…
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Federalist No. 10

Source: The Federalist: The Gideon Edition, eds. George W. Carey and James McClellan (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2001),…
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Federalist No. 1

Source: George W. Carey and James McClellan, eds., The Federalist: The Gideon Edition, (Indianapolis: Liberty…
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Letter to Roger C. Weightman

[This is an abridged version of the document.]   Monticello RESPECTED SIR, — The kind…
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Letter to Henry Lee

[This is an abridged version of the document.] [W]ith respect to our rights, and the…
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Constitution of the United States

Note: Text in hypertext has been amended or superseded. We the People of the United…
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Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,…