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[Detail] Major-General Zachary Taylor--President of the United States. 1848.

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Declarations and Proclamations

The collection shows several declarations and proclamations that mark key events in our nation's history, such as declaring independence, proclaiming freedom for slaves, and declaring war.

Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence. July 4th, 1776 painted by J. Trumbull. [1876]

Search on Declaration of Independence for this engraving depicting the group who created and signed the Declaration of Independence.

Search on declaration of war to see this photograph of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the declaration of war against Japan in 1941, which marked the United States' entry into World War II.