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Government mural by Elihu Vedder

[Detail] Government mural by Elihu Vedder

Historical context and ideas for integrating individual digital collections of primary sources into instruction.

Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress (Summary and Teaching Resources) The draft of the Emancipation Proclamation is one of the treasures in this collection of over 20,000 documents.

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873 (Summary and Teaching Resources) Learn techniques to help students decode the historic legistlative debates that shaped our nation.

Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789 (Summary and Teaching Resources) Look for tips for using these classic documents from the Revolutionary War era to help students trace the legislative process.

Early Virginia Religious Petitions (Summary Only) This collection includes 423 petitions on a variety of topics submitted to the Virginia legislature between 1774 and 1802.

The Evolution of the Conservation Movement: 1850-1920 (Summary and Teaching Resources) Of particular interest to this month's theme are the items from the Law Library of Congress which include over 140 statutes and 360 presidential proclamations on conservation related issues.

George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress (Summary and Teaching Resources) The collection can be used to explore key history content such as colonial America, the American Revolution, the Constitution, and the Presidency.

The Hannah Arendt Papers at the Library of Congress (Summary Only) Of paticular interest to this month's theme is the Adolf Eichmann File (1938 - 1968) which contains correspondence, reports, transcripts, notes, reviews, clippings and related material concerning the trial of Adolf Eichmann.

The James Madison Papers, 1723-1836 (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection documents the life of the man who came to be known as the "Father of the Constitution."

Slaves and the Courts 1740-1860 (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection is comprised on an assortment of trials, cases, decisions, proceedings and other works of historical importance related to the experiences of the African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and the United States.

The Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress (Summary and Teaching Resources) Make sure to check out this collection of 27,000 documents ranging in date from 1606-1827.

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