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Declaration of Indepedence, 1776: The original Declaration of Independence has faded greatly, almost to the point of being unreadable.

Please go to the links below to view the original copy (exhibited in the Rotundra of the National Archives Building in Washington D.C.), the engraved copy (done by William J. Stone, 1823), and the transcript of the document.

View Original

Engraved copy.

Transcript copy.

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Virginia Declaration of Rights, 1776: This document strongly influenced Thomas Jefferson in writing the first part of the Declaration of Independence. It later provided the foundation for the Bill of Rights.

Common Sense, 1776: Thomas Paine moved many to the cause of Independence in his pamphlet "Common Sense". The direct and simple style cried out against King George the III and the monarchical form of government.

George Washington's first inaugural address document, 1789: Taken place at Federal Hall, New York City, where the first Congress assembled. All eight pages are in Washington's clear and distinctive handwriting.

Page one.

Transcript copy.

Page eight.

George Washington's Farewell Address, Sept. 17, 1796: Washington warns of the power of government and how to use it for the good of the people.

Transcript copy.


D-Day Invasion Address (1944) by General Dwight D. Eisenhower

All documents obtained from the National Archives & Records Administration, U.S. Government.

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