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Founders Online

All the legal history fans out there will be happy to learn that the National Archives National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the University of Virginia Press have teamed up to provide a new online resource with documents from the Founders of the United States of America.  Currently, the Founders Online collection provides access to approximately 120,000 documents from authors such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.  While the website does not provide access to images of the original documents, it does provide access to transcriptions with annotations.

You can browse the writings by author or recipient as well as by time periods such as Colonial 1748-1775, Revolutionary War 1775-1783, and Confederation Period 1783-1789.  You can also search the full-text of the documents using keywords and then filter the results by author, recipient, and time period.  For more information about the resource, visit the Founders Online website.


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