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Our documents : 100 milestone documents from the National Archives.
United States. National Archives and Records Administration.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
256 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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.
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E173 .U62 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Our Documents is a collection of 100 documents that the staff of the National Archives has judged most important to the development of the United States. The entry for each document includes a short introduction, a facsimile, and a transcript of the document. Backmatter includes furtherreading, credits, and index. The book is part of the much larger Our Documents initiative sponsored by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), National History Day, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the USA Freedom Corps.

Author Notes

John Carlin is an Archivist of the United States.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-From Richard Henry Lee's 1776 resolution that called for American Independence to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, this collection of amendments, speeches, letters, orders, addresses, and treaties covers a range of events that have influenced our nation's history. Each chronological document is preceded by an introduction that places it within its historical context. The 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, Washington's Farewell Address, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, the United Nations Charter, the Thirteenth Amendment, the Social Security Act, the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, and numerous others are included. It should be noted that the introductory paragraph to "Jefferson's Secret Message to Congress Regarding the Lewis and Clark Expedition" erroneously suggests that Sacajawea guided the expedition. Photographs and facsimile reproductions of documents are a highlight of the book-they let readers see the actual items. The appealing, clean layout is defined by clear blue and red headings and plenty of white space. A useful addition.-Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.