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United States Capitol, Washington, D.C., east front elevation
William Russell Birch (1755-1834)
A view of the Capitol of Washington before it was burnt down by the British
Drawing, watercolor, ca. 1800.
Prints & Photographs Division.
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Guide to Law Online: United States Legislative

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The James Madison Papers

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Louisiana Purchase: Legislative Timeline 1802-1807

This timeline examines the role of Congress in the Louisiana Purchase from 1802 to 1807, including ratification of the treaty, establishment of a territorial government, confrontation with Spain over boundary issues, and its limited role in the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Primary Documents in American History

The Library of Congress is home to many of the most important documents in American history. This Web site provides links to materials digitized from the Library's collections that supplement and enhance the study of these documents, including the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. For each item there is a page with background information about the document, a list of links to digital materials concerning that document from the Library's site and elsewhere, and bibliographies both for general readers and for younger readers.

The Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1606-1827

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