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U.S. Legal History (Revolutionary War - 1799)

  • U.S. Constitution

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       A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation - Congressional Documents and Debates 1774 - 1875 (Library of Congress)
    Includes Journals of the Continental Congress, Letters of Delegates to Congress, Elliot's Debates, Farrand's Records, Bills and Resolutions, Statutes at Large, American State Papers, U.S Serial Set, House Journal, Senate Journal, Senate Executive Journal, Maclay's Journal, Annals of Congress, Register of Debates, Congressional Globe, and the Congressional Record.

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       Common Sense by Paine, Thomas (February 14, 1776) (U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Information Programs)
    Written on the eve of the Revolutionary War. "Addressed to the Inhabitants of America Man knows no Master save creating Heaven, Or those whom Choice and common Good ordain."
       Declaration of Independence by Jefferson, Thomas, et al. (July 4, 1776) (National Archives and Records Administration)
       Jefferson's Moose by Post, David G. (February 8, 2000) (Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law)
    "I have been spending considerable time recently with the writings of Thomas Jefferson. There's one picture, of a moose -- more specifically, of Jefferson's moose -- that I can't seem to get out of my mind. In 1787, Jefferson ... had the "complete skeleton, skin & horns of the Moose" shipped to him in Paris and mounted in the lobby of his hotel. ... It's worth asking: Why did he do it?"
       Pennsylvania Statutes at Large (Pennsylvania Legislative Reference Bureau)
    "These volumes contain public and private laws of the Province and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through 1809." Volume 1 begins in 1682. Volume 18 ends in 1809. These volumes then cover colonial laws, laws made during the Revolutionary War, and laws made after the war ended and a new nation was created.
       Smith's Laws (Pennsylvania Legislative Reference Bureau)
    "These volumes contain certain public and private laws of the Province and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted from 1700 through 1829."
       Archives of Maryland Online (Maryland State Archives)
       Litchfield Law School Sources (Yale Law School Library)
    "[B]rings together text, images, interpretive material and bibliography about Litchfield Law School [in Litchfield, Connecticut] and the law notebooks kept by its students [d]uring the school's years of operation, 1774 to 1833[.]"

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