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All 100 Milestone Documents:

(in chronological order)

Lee Resolution (1776)

Lee Resolution showing congressional vote, July 2, 1776; Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1783; Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789, Record Group 360; National Archives

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Declaration of Independence (1776)

Engrossed copy of the Declaration of Independence, August 2, 1776; Miscellaneous Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789; Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789, Record Group 360; National Archives

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Articles of Confederation (1777)

Citation: Engrossed and corrected copy of the Articles of Confederation, showing amendments adopted, November 15, 1777, Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789; Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789, Record Group 360; National Archives

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Treaty of Alliance with France (1778)

International Treaties and Related Records, 1778-1974; General Records of the United States Government, Record Group 11; National Archives

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Original Design of the Great Seal of the United States (1782)

Charles Thomson's design for the Great Seal of the United States; Reports of Committees of Congress; Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789, Record Group 360; National Archives.

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Treaty of Paris (1783)

International Treaties and Related Records, 1778-1974; General Records of the United States Government, Record Group 11; National Archives

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Virginia Plan (1787)

Virginia (Randolph) Plan as Amended (National Archives Microfilm Publication M866, 1 roll); The Official Records of the Constitutional Convention; Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789, Record Group 360; National Archives

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Northwest Ordinance (1787)

Northwest Ordinance, July 13, 1787; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M332, roll 9); Miscellaneous Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789; Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789, Record Group 360; National Archives

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Constitution of the United States (1789)

Signed Copy of the Constitution of the United States; Miscellaneous Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789; Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789, Record Group 360; National Archives

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Federalist Papers, No. 10 (1787)

Madison, James. Federalist No. 10: "The Same Subject Continued: The Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection." New York Daily Advertiser, November 22, 1787. Federalist Papers, No. 51 1788 Hamilton, Alexander, or James Madison. Federalist No. 51: "The Structure of the Government Must Furnish the Proper Checks and Balances Between the Different Departments." New York Packet February 8, 1788

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President George Washington's First Inaugural Speech (1789)

President George Washington's First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789; Records of the United States Senate, Record Group 46, National Archives

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Federal Judiciary Act (1789)

Engrossed Judiciary Act, September 24, 1789; First Congress; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Bill of Rights (1791)

Engrossed Bill of Rights, September 25, 1789; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Patent for the Cotton Gin (1794)

Eli Whitney's Patent for the Cotton Gin, March 14, 1794; Records of the Patent and Trademark Office; Record Group 241, National Archives

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President George Washington's Farewell Address (1796)

Washington's farewell address. New York, New York Public Library, 1935. pg. 105; 136. Courtesy of the Milstein Division of United States History, Local History & Genealogy, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations.

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Alien and Sedition Acts (1798)

The Alien Act, July 6, 1798; Fifth Congress; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Jefferson's Secret Message to Congress Regarding the Louis and Clark Expedition (1803)

President Thomas Jefferson's confidential message to Congress concerning relations with the Indians, January, 18, 1803; Record Group 233, Records of the United States House of Representatives, HR 7A-D1; National Archives

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Louisiana Purchase (1803)

Louisiana Purchase Treaty, April 30, 1803; General Records of the U.S. Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Marbury v Madison (1803)

Show-cause order served on James Madison, Secretary of State, 1802; Records of the Supreme Court of the United States; Record Group 267; National Archives

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Treaty of Ghent (1814)

Treaty of Ghent, 1814; International Treaties and Related Records, 1778-1974; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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McCulloch v Maryland (1819)

McCulloch v Maryland decision, March 6, 1819, Minutes of the Supreme Court of the United States, Record Group 267; National Archives

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Missouri Compromise (1820)

Conference committee report on the Missouri Compromise, March 1, 1820; Joint Committee of Conference on the Missouri Bill, 03/01/1820-03/06/1820; Record Group 128; Records of Joint Committees of Congress, 1789-1989; National Archives

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Monroe Doctrine (1823)

Message of President James Monroe at the commencement of the first session of the 18th Congress (The Monroe Doctrine), 12/02/1823; Presidential Messages of the 18th Congress, ca. 12/02/1823-ca. 03/03/1825; Record Group 46; Records of the United States Senate, 1789-1990; National Archives

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Gibbons v Ogden (1824)

Supreme Court Decree in Gibbons v Ogden, 1824; Records of the Supreme Court of the United States; Record Group 267; National Archives

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President Andrew Jackson's Message to Congress 'On Indian Removal' (1830)

President Jackson's Message to Congress "On Indian Removal", December 6, 1830; Records of the United States Senate, 1789-1990; Record Group 46; Records of the United States Senate, 1789-1990; National Archives

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Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848)

Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo [Exchange copy], February 2, 1848; Perfected Treaties, 1778-1945; Record Group 11; General Records of the United States Government, 1778-1992; National Archives

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Compromise of 1850 (1850)

Resolution introduced by Senator Henry Clay in relation to the adjustment of all existing questions of controversy between the states arising out of the institution of slavery (the resolution later became known as the Compromise of 1850), January 29, 1850; Senate Simple Resolutions, Motions, and Orders of the 31st Congress, ca. 03/1849-ca.03-1850; Record Group 46; Records of the United States Senate, 1789-1990; National Archives

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Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854)

An Act to Organize the Territories of Nebraska and Kansas, 1854; Records of the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee and Its Predecessors, 1805-1988; Record Group 11; General Records of the United States Government; National Archives

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Dred Scott v Sanford (1857)

Judgment in the U.S. Supreme Court Case Dred Scott v John F.A. Sanford, March 6, 1857; Case Files 1792-1995; Record Group 267; Records of the Supreme Court of the United States; National Archives

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Telegram Announcing the Surrender of Fort Sumter (1861)

Telegram from Maj. Robert Anderson to Hon. Simon Cameron, Secretary, announcing his withdrawal from Fort Sumter, April 18, 1861; Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917; Record Group 94; National Archives

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Homestead Act (1862)

Act of May 20, 1862 (Homestead Act), Public Law 37-64, 05/20/1862; Record Group 11; General Records of the United States Government; National Archives

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Pacific Railway Act (1862)

Pacific Railway Act, July 1, 1862; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-1996; Record Group 11; General Records of the United States Government; National Archives

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Morrill Act (1862)

Act of July 2, 1862 (Morrill Act), Public Law 37-108, which established land grant colleges, 07/02/1862; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-1996; Record Group 11; General Records of the United States Government; National Archives

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Emancipation Proclamation (1863)

Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863; Presidential Proclamations, 1791-1991; Record Group 11; General Records of the United States Government; National Archives

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War Department General's Order 143: Creation of the U.S. Colored Troops (1863)

General Order No. 143, May 22, 1863; Orders and Circulars, 1797-1910; Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917; Record Group 94; National Archives

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Gettysburg Address (1863)

Abraham Lincoln, Draft of the Gettysburg November 1863; Series 3, General Correspondence, 1837-1897; The Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress, Manuscript Division (Washington, D. C.: American Memory Project, 2000-2002).

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Wade-Davis Bill (1864)

Handwritten copy of Wade-Davis Bill as originally submitted 1846; Records of Legislative Proceedings; Records of the United States House of Representatives 1789-1946; Record Group 233; National Archives

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President Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address (1865)

Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address; endorsed by Lincoln, April10, 1865, March 4, 1865; Series 3, General Correspondence, 1837-1897; The Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress, Manuscript Division (Washington, DC: American Memory Project).

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Articles of Agreement Relating to the Surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia (1865)

Articles of Agreement in Regard to the Surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia under Gen. Robert E. Lee, April 10, 1865; War Department, Record and Pension Office, 1892-1904; Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917; Record Group 94; National Archives

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13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery (1865)

The House Joint Resolution proposing the 13th amendment to the Constitution, March 2, 1861; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-1999; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Check for the Purchase of Alaska (1868)

Cancelled check in the amount of $7.2 million, for the purchase of Alaska, issued August 1, 1868; Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury; Record Group 217; National Archives. The Russian exchange copy of the Treaty of Cession, March 30, 1867, General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868)

Treaty with the Sioux-Brule, Oglala, Miniconjou, Yanktonai, Hunkpapa, Blackfeet, Cuthead, Two Kettle, San Arcs, and Santee-and Arapaho, 4/29/1868; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Civil Rights (1868)

The House Joint Resolution proposing the 14th amendment to the Constitution, June 16, 1866; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-1999; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Voting Rights (1870)

The House Joint Resolution proposing the 15th amendment to the Constitution, December 7, 1868; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-1999; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Act Establishing Yellowstone National Park (1872)

Act creating Yellowstone National Park, March 1, 1872; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-1996; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Thomas Edison's Patent Application for the Light Bulb (1880)

Thomas Edison's patent drawing for an improvement in electric lamps, patented January 27, 1880; Records of the Patent and Trademark Office; Record Group 241; National Archives

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Chinese Exclusion Act (1882)

An act to execute certain treaty stipulations relating to the Chinese, May 6, 1882; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-1996; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Pendleton Act (1883)

An Act to regulate and improve the civil service of the United States, January 16, 1883; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-1996; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Interstate Commerce Act (1887)

Act of February 4, 1887 (Interstate Commerce Act), Public Law 49-41, February 4, 1887; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-; General Records of the United States Government, 1778 - 1992; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Dawes Act (1887)

An Act to Provide for the Allotment of Lands in Severalty to Indians on the Various Reservations (General Allotment Act or Dawes Act), Statutes at Large 24, 388-91, NADP Document A1887.

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Sherman Anti-Trust Act (1890)

Act of July 2, 1890(Sherman Anti-Trust Act), July 2, 1890; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-1992; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Plessy v Ferguson (1896)

Plessy vs. Ferguson, Judgement, Decided May 18, 1896; Records of the Supreme Court of the United States; Record Group 267; Plessy v Ferguson, 163, #15248, National Archives.

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De Lôme Letter (1898)

Page from New York Journal containing the "Facsimile of Letter Written by the Spanish Minister," February 9, 1898; Notes from the Spanish Legation in the U. S to the Department of State, 1790-1906; Record Group 59; National Archives

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Joint Resolution to Provide for Annexing the Hawaiian Islands to the United States (1898)

Joint Resolution to Provide for Annexing the Hawaiian Islands to the United States, July 7, 1898; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress; General Records of the United States Government, 1778-1992; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Platt Amendment (1903)

An Act Making appropriations for the support of the Army for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and two, March 2, 1901; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Theodore Roosevelt's Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine (1905)

Theodore Roosevelt's Annual Message to Congress for 1904; House Records HR 58A-K2; Records of the U.S. House of Representatives; Record Group 233; Center for Legislative Archives; National Archives

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16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Federal Income Tax (1913)

The 16th Amendment, March 15, 1913; Ratified Amendments, 1795-1992; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives. Income Tax Form, 1913. Record Group 56, General Records of the Department of the Treasury, Entry 357A, Internal Revenue Division, Income Tax Forms.

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17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Direct Election of U.S. Senators (1913)

Joint Resolution proposing 17th amendment, 1913. Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-. General Records of the U.S. Government, Record Group 11, National Archives.

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Keating-Owen Child Labor Act of 1916 (1916)

An act to prevent interstate commerce in the products of child labor, and for other purposes, September 1, 1916; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Zimmermann Telegram (1917)

Zimmermann Telegram, 1917; Decimal File, 1910-1929, 862.20212/82A (1910-1929), and Decoded Zimmermann Telegram, 1917; Decimal File, 1910-1929, 862.20212/69, General Records of the Department of State; Record Group 59; National Archives

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Joint Address to Congress Leading to a Declaration of War Against Germany (1917)

President Wilson's Declaration of War Message to Congress, April 2, 1917; Records of the United States Senate; Record Group 46; National Archives

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President Woodrow Wilson's 14 Points (1918)

President Wilson's Message to Congress, January 8, 1918; Records of the United States Senate; Record Group 46; Records of the United States Senate; National Archives

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19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women's Right to Vote (1920)

Joint Resolution of Congress proposing a constitutional amendment extending the right of suffrage to women, May 19, 1919; Ratified Amendments, 1795-1992; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Boulder Canyon Project (1928)

An Act to provide for the construction of works for the protection and development of the Colorado River Basin, for the approval of the Colorado River compact, and for other purposes, December 21, 1928; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-1996; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11, National Archives

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Tennessee Valley Authority (1933)

An Act to improve the navigability and to provide for the flood control of the Tennessee River; to provide for reforestation and the proper use of marginal lands in the Tennessee Valley; to provide for the agricultural and industrial development of said valley; to provide for the national defense by the creation of a corporation for the operation of Government properties at and near Muscle Shoals in the State of Alabama, and for other purposes May 18, 1933. Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-1996; General Records of the United States Government; Records Group 11; National Archives

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National Industrial Recovery Act (1933)

An Act to encourage national industrial recovery, to foster fair competition, and to provide for the construction of certain useful public works, and for other purposes, June 16, 1933; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-1996; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11, National Archives

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National Labor Relations Act (1935)

An act to diminish the causes of labor disputes burdening or obstructing interstate and foreign commerce, to create a National Labor Relations Board, and for other purposes, July 5, 1935; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Social Security Act (1935)

An act to provide for the general welfare by establishing a system of Federal old-age benefits, and by enabling the several States to make more adequate provision for aged persons, blind persons, dependent and crippled children, maternal and child welfare, public health, and the administration of their unemployment compensation laws; to establish a Social Security Board: to raise revenue and for other purposes, August 14, 1935; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11, National Archives

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President Franklin Roosevelt's Radio Address Unveiling the Second Half of the New Deal (1936)

Campaign Address at Madison Square Garden, New York City, October 31, 1936; Speeches of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945; Collection FDR-PPF: Papers as President, President's Personal File, 1933-1945; Franklin D. Roosevelt Library; National Archives and Records Administration.

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President Franklin Roosevelt's Annual Message (Four Freedoms) to Congress (1941)

Franklin D. Roosevelt Annual Message to Congress, January 6, 1941; Records of the United States Senate; SEN 77A-H1; Record Group 46; National Archives

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Lend-Lease Act (1941)

Lend Lease Bill, dated January 10, 1941. Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, HR 77A-D13, Record Group 233, National Archives

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Executive Order 8802: Prohibtion of Discrimination in the Defense Industry (1941)

Executive Order 8802 dated June 25, 1941, General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Joint Address to Congress Leading to a Declaration of War Against Japan (1941)

"Day of Infamy" Speech by Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 8, 1941; SEN 77A-H1, Records of the United States Senate; Record Group 46; National Archives

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Executive Order 9066: Japanese Relocation Order (1942)

Executive Order 9066, February 19, 1942; General Records of the Unites States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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General Dwight D. Eisenhower's Order of the Day (1944)

D-day statement to soldiers, sailor, and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force, 6/44, Collection DDE-EPRE: Eisenhower, Dwight D: Papers, Pre-Presidential, 1916-1952; Dwight D. Eisenhower Library; National Archives and Records Administration.

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Servicemen's Readjustment Act (1944)

An act to provide Federal Government aid for the readjustment in civilian life of returning World War II veterans, June 22,1944; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-1996; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Surrender of Germany (1945)

Act of Military Surrender (Reims) 1944; Records of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff; Record Group 218; National Archives

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United Nations Charter (1945)

First and signature pages of the United Nations Charter; June 26, 1945; General Records of the United States Government, 1778-1992; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Manhattan Project Notebook (1945)

Notebook recording the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chair reaction, December 2, 1942; Records of the Atomic Energy Commission; Record Group 326; National Archives

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Surrender of Japan (1945)

Instrument of Surrender; September 2, 1945; Records of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff; Record Group 218; National Archives

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Truman Doctrine (1947)

President Truman's Message to Congress; March 12, 1947; Document 171; 80th Congress, 1st Session; Records of the United States House of Representatives; Record Group 233; National Archives

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Marshall Plan (1948)

Act of April 3, 1948, European Recovery Act [Marshall Plan]; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-1996; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Press Release Announcing the U.S. Recongition of Israel (1948)

President Truman's statement recognizing the State of Israel, May 14, 1948. Charles Ross Papers, 1904-1967, Alphabetical Correspondence File: "Handwriting of the President," Harry S. Truman Library, National Archives and Records Administration.

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Executive Order 9981: Desegregation of the Armed Forces (1948)

Executive Order 9981, July 26, 1948; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Armistice Agreement for the Restoration of the South Korean State (1953)

Korean War Armistice Agreement, July 27, 1953; Treaties and Other International Agreements Series #2782; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Senate Resolution 301: Censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy (1954)

Senate Resolution 301, December 2, 1954; SEN 83A-B4, Records of the United States Senate; Record Group 46; National Archives

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Brown v Board of Education (1954)

Brown v Board of Education of Topeka, Opinion; May 17, 1954; Records of the Supreme Court of the United States; Record Group 267; National Archives

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National Interstate and Defense Highways Act (1956)

An act to amend and supplement the Federal-Aid Road Act approved July 11, 1916, to authorize appropriations for continuing the construction of highways; to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to provide additional revenue from the taxes on motor fuel, tires and trucks and buses; and for other purposes; June 29, 1956; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-1996; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Executive Order 10730: Desegregation of Central High School (1957)

Executive Order 10730, September 23, 1957 (Little Rock Crisis); General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Farewell Address (1961)

Farewell address by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, January 17, 1961; Final TV Talk 1/17/61 (1), Box 38, Speech Series, Papers of Dwight D. Eisenhower as President, 1953-61, Eisenhower Library; National Archives and Records Administration.

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President John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address (1961)

Inaugural Address, Kennedy Draft, 01/17/1961; Papers of John F. Kennedy: President's Office Files, 01/20/1961-11/22/1963; John F. Kennedy Library; National Archives and Records Administration.

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Executive Order 10924: Establishment of the Peace Corps (1961)

Executive Order 10924, Establishment and Administration of the Peace Corps in the Department of State, March 1, 1961; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Transcript of John Glenn's Oficial Communication with the Command Center (1962)

Transcription of John Glenn's Flight Communications, February 28, 1962; Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Record Group 255; National Archives and Records Administration - Southwest Region (Fort Worth, TX).

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Aerial Photograph of Missiles in Cuba (1962)

Photograph, MRBM Launch Site 2 San Cristobal 1 November 1962; United States Department of Defense: Cuban Missile Crisis, 10/1962-11/1962, PX 66-20-91; ARC #193933; John F. Kennedy Library; National Archives and Records Administration.

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Test Ban Treaty (1963)

Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, July 26, 1963; Treaties and Other International Agreements Series #5433; General Records of the U.S. Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Official Program for the March on Washington (1963)

March on Washington (Program), 08/28/1963; Bayard Rustin Papers; John F. Kennedy Library; National Archives and Records Administration.

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Civil Rights Act (1964)

An act to enforce the constitutional right to vote, to confer jurisdiction upon the district courts of the United States, to provide injunctive relief against discrimination in public accommodations, to authorize the Attorney General to institute suits to protect constitutional rights in public facilities and public education, to extend the Commission on Civil Rights, to prevent discrimination in federally assisted programs, to establish a commission on Equal Employment Opportunity, and for other purposes, July 2, 1964; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1798-; General Records of the United States Government; Records Group 11; National Archives

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Tonkin Gulf Resolution (1964)

Tonkin Gulf Resolution; Public Law 88-408, 88th Congress, August 7, 1964; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives

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Social Security Act Amendments (1965)

An act to provide a hospital insurance program for the aged under the Social Security Act with a supplementary medical benefits program and an expanded program of medical assistance, to increase benefits under the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance System, to improve the Federal-State public assistance programs, and for other purposes, July 30, 1965; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1798-; General Records of the United States Government; Records Group 11; National Archives

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Voting Rights Act (1965)

An act to enforce the fifteenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States and for other purposes, August 6, 1965; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress, 1789-; General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives.

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