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Buddhist Temple of the Goddess of Mercy. Watercolor, George West

[Detail] Buddhist Temple of the Goddess of Mercy


Collection Overview

Words and Deeds in American History provides 92 documents spanning the fifteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. These documents were chosen by the Library of Congress Manuscript Division in honor of its centennial. Highlights include George Washington's first inaugural address, the telegram announcing the first flight of the Wright Brothers, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton's The Woman's Bible.

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Special Features

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Historical Eras

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
  • Expansion and Reform, 1801-1861
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
  • Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915
  • Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930
  • The Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945
  • Postwar United States, 1945-early 1970s

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Search Tips

Specific guidance for searching this collection

To find items in this collection, search by Keyword or broswe by Chronological List in Words and Deeds in American History to see a list of documents within each different time frame.

For help with search words, use the Name and Subject Index.

A Related Terms section at the bottom of documents in the collection provides links to related items within the collection.

For help with general search strategies, see Finding Items in American Memory.