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Amendments I–X: The Bill of Rights

Source: The Bill of Rights: a Transcription, America’s Founding Documents, National Archives,

The House Version

Source: Congress of the United States In the House of Representatives, Tuesday, the 27th of…

The War Powers Resolution and President Richard Nixon’s Veto

Source: “H.J.Res. 542 — 93rd Congress: War Powers Resolution.” www.GovTrack.us. 1973;

Special Message to the Congress Reporting on the Situation in Korea

Source: Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States. Harry S. Truman. Containing the…

House Debate on the 22nd Amendment

Source: Congressional Record, 80th Congress, First Session, Volume 93, Part 1 (Washington D.C. : United…

The Powers of Congress

Source: Gordon Lloyd, ed., Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison, a…

The Three-Fifths Clause and Federal Representation

Source: Gordon Lloyd, ed., Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison, a…

The Madison-Sherman Exchange

Source: Gordon Lloyd, ed., Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison, a…

The Rules of the Convention

Source: Gordon Lloyd, ed., Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison, a…

The Two Authorizations

Source: Jonathan Elliot,

Arguments for Constitutional Amendments

Source: 1 Annals of Cong. 424-450 (1789). Mr. MADISON. — I will state my reasons…

Partly National, Partly Federal

Source: Gordon Lloyd, ed., Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison, a…

Limited Test Ban Treaty

Source: United States Treaties and Other International Agreements, Vol. 14, part 2 (Washington, D.C.: U.S.…

Testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities

Source: U.S. Congress, House, Committee on Un-American Activities, Investigation of Communist Activities in the San…

Declaration of Conscience

Source: Congressional Record, 81st Congress, 2d sess., pp. 7894-95. Available at Mr. President, I would…

Address to the League of Women Voters, Wheeling, West Virginia

Source: McCarthy spoke from a prepared text, but he apparently deviated from it at points…

Statement on the Share Our Wealth Society

Source: Congressional Record, 74th Cong., 1st sess., Vol. 79 (May 23, 1935), pp. 8040-43. The…

Speech on Social Security

Source: Congressional Record, 74th Cong., 1st sess., Vol. 79, pt. 6, pp. 6060-6061. . .…

The Norris-La Guardia Act

Source: 29 U.S. Code Title 29, Chapter 6, §101-110, Online from Legal Information Institute, Cornell…

Colfax Massacre Reports

Source: “Condition of the South,” Report Number 261, in Reports of Committees of the House…

The Enforcement Acts

Source: Statutes at Large, Forty First Congress, Second Session, May 31, 1870, 140–46, Statutes at…

The 15th Amendment

Source: Statutes at Large, Fortieth Congress, Third Session, February 27, 1869, p. 346. Section 1.…

“Damages to Loyal Men”

Source: The text is taken from a copy of the speech in the Library of…

“The One Man Power vs. Congress!”

Source: Charles Sumner, “The One Man Power vs. Congress!” Address of the Honorable Charles Sumner…

Congressional Debate on the 14th Amendment

Source: 14th Amendment, Statutes at Large, 39th Congress, 1st Session, 358–59, Congress Debates the 14th…

Address Before the General Assembly of the State of Georgia

Source: Alexander H. Stephens, In Public and Private, With Letters and Speeches, Before, During, and…

The 13th Amendment to the Constitution

Source: Transcript of 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery (1865), Our Documents:…

Speech Introducing the Equal Rights Amendment

Congressional Record, May 21, 1969, Extensions of Remarks E4165-6. Available from Duke University Digital Repository.…

Debate on the Civil Rights Act

Originally Broadcast on CBS Reports: Filibuster—Birth Struggle of a Law, March 18, 1964. Available at…

Address to the League of Women Voters, Wheeling, West Virginia

McCarthy spoke from a prepared text, but he apparently deviated from it at points and…

The Internal Security Act

U.S. Statutes at Large, 81st Cong., II Sess., Chp. 1024, p. 987-1031. AN ACT To…

Speech on Social Security

Congressional Record, 74th Cong., 1st sess., Vol. 79, pt. 6, pp. 6060-6061. James W. Wadsworth…

Speech in the Senate

Congressional Record, 56th Congress, 1st Session, 3223-3224. Tillman (1847–1918) was Governor of South Carolina (1890–1894)…

Remarks in Congress on the “Tariff of Abominations”

The Webster-Hayne Debate on the Nature of the Constitution: Selected Documents, ed. Herman Belz (Indianapolis:…

The Constitutional Convention

This collection of documents on the creation of the Constitution attempts to accomplish five objectives.…

The American Founding

This volume presents some of the documents necessary to understand the essential ideas and debates…

Letter to George Washington

Sir, I found Young La Fayette here and delivered him your Letter which much relieved…

Message to the House Regarding Documents Relative to the Jay Treaty

To the House of Representatives of the United States: With the utmost attention I have…

Fugitive Slave Act 1850

Section 1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United…

Speech on the Kansas Nebraska Act at Peoria, Illinois (abridged)

The repeal of the Missouri Compromise, and the propriety of its restoration, constitute the subject…

Analysis of Federalist #51

Federalist #51 is the last of 15 essays written by Madison on "the great difficulty" of founding.…

Analysis of Federalist #10

Federalist #10 is Madison's first essay in The Federalist. It contains 23 paragraphs. The "violence of faction" is…

Senate Debate on the Platt Amendment

Mr. President, I do not know whether we are proposing to require Cuba to adopt…

Preamble to the Bill Proposing Amendments to the Constitution of the United States

Congress OF THE United States begun and held at the City of New York, on…

“Mud Sill” Speech in the Senate

In all social systems there must be a class to do the menial duties, to…

Motion on Taxation of Louisiana and Speech in Support of the Motion

A motion was made by Mr. Adams, that the following resolutions be adopted, to wit:…

Special Message to Congress Proposing a Nationwide War on the Sources of Poverty

We are citizens of the richest and most fortunate nation in the history of the…
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