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AHMC of the Month: John Adams and the Bill of Rights
August 10, 2016

This post was written by Catherine Falzone, Cataloger, American Historical Manuscript Collection. Even though we can’t always agree on an interpretation of the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, we don’t hear many arguments these days that the Bill of Rights should not exist. Whatever our feelings about individual amendments, we tend to…

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Alexander Hamilton’s Version of #NeverJohnAdams
June 28, 2016

This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections What to do if you are a leader of a political party and you fear that your party’s presumptive nominee for the presidency thoroughly lacks the temperament for the office? If he is erratic, animated by “disgusting egotism,” “distempered jealousy,” and “ungovernable indiscretion”?…

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Before the Declaration of Independence…
June 27, 2013

The line between historical obscurity and fame is often a fine one. It’s not surprising then that on July 4th no one thinks about the most important document produced by Congress before the Declaration of Independence: the Declaration of the Causes and of the Necessity of Taking Up Arms. As its title implies, it was a justification for…

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