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U.S. History Topics » Government » Congress

Congress, Law, and Politics

presents papers of members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, and key federal law cases. Learn about the Revolution and the creation of the U.S. by investigating the papers of our earliest lawmakers -- Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and others. See Calhoun's speech against the Compromise of 1850 and Webster's notes for his speech in favor of it, General MacArthur's "Old Soldiers Never Die" address to Congress (April 1951), and more. (Library of Congress)

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Interesting Fact:

Many American colonists brought with them from Europe a belief in witches and a fascination with alleged conspiracies with the devil. During the seventeenth century, people were executed for witchcraft throughout the colonies, especially in Massachusetts. Many of the accused were women, prompting some recent historians to suggest that charges of witchcraft were a way of controlling women who threatened the existing economic and social order
Examiner's questions for admittance to the American (or Know-Nothing) Party, July 1854.

Know-Nothing party

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