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U.S. History Topics » Government » U.S. Constitution

Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention Broadsides

provides 274 documents related to Congress (1774 to 1788) and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. Items include the journals of Congress, resolutions, proclamations, committee reports, treaties, and early printed versions of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Among the topics: the armed forces, foreign relations, Indians, land settlement, laws, money, and pirates. (Library of Congress)

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Broadsides were large sheets of paper on which notices, proclamations, petitions, news extras, and ads were printed. Popular in the 18th century, they were posted in town halls and coffee houses, read in churches and meetings, and excerpted in newspapers.
U.S. Capitol paintings. Signing of the Declaration of Independence, painting by John Trumbull in U.S. Capitol, detail II

Signing of the Declaration

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