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Year Author & Title of Document Source on the Internet
1801 Thomas Jefferson -First Inaugural Address Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents (USHDA)
1803 Marbury v. Madison From Revolution to Reconstruction: A Hypertext on American History
1814 Francis Scott Key- Star Spangled Banner

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American Treasures of the Library of Congress

1830 The Removal Act 28 May 1830- An Act to provide for an exchange of lands with the Indians residing in any of the states or territories, and for their removal west of the river Mississippi.
1831 Appeal of the Cherokee Nation- Cherokee Nation v. State of Georgia From Revolution to Reconstruction: A Hypertext on American History
1831 The Confessions of Nat Turner (PBS)
1831 William Lloyd Garrison- The Liberator
1835 George Bancroft - The Office of the People in Art , Government and Religion - Text of an Oration Delivered Before the Adelphi Society of Williamstown College, in August 1835.
1836 Angelina Grimke -Bearing Witness against Slavery (same as "Appeal to Christian Women of the South?) Women's History Sourcebook
1839 Constitution of the Cherokee Nation
1842 27th Congress, 2nd Session, 1842, House Document 1098 -A report on the removal of the Cherokee Indians to lands west of the Mississippi river. Includes a copy of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution and Laws of the Cherokee Nation http://www.1st-hand-
other information Early American History Archive
1845 Frederick Douglass - A General Survey of the Slave Plantation From Revolution to Reconstruction: A Hypertext on American History
1848 Horace Mann - Report No. 12 to the Massachusetts School Board

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1848 Seneca Falls Declaration Women's History Sourcebook
1849 Henry David Thoreau - Civil Disobedience

Thoreau Reader

1849 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - published 1849
1850 Narrative of Sojourner Truth
1852 Martin R Delany, "The condition, elevation, emigration and destiny of the colored people of the United States" (a full text edition of the book)
1854 Elizabeth Cady Stanton Address to the Legislature of New York on Women's Rights Women's History Sourcebook
1857-1892 Political cartoons by Thomas Nast - which appeared in Harper's Weekly
1861 Harriet Ann Jacobs - Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
1861 Abraham Lincoln - First Inaugural Address Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents (USHDA)
1863 Emancipation Proclamation

US Historical Documents Archives (USHDA)

1863 The Gettysburg Address

Library of Congress Exhibitions Online

1865 Abraham Lincoln - Second Inaugural Address

US Historical Documents Archives (USHDA)

1865 Jourdon Anderson letter

1866 The 1866 Civil Rights Act
1871 Walt Whitman =- Democratic Vistas

American Studies, University of Virginia

1873 Susan B. Anthony - Women's right to vote Women's History Sourcebook
1876 Oration of Frederick Douglass at the unveiling of the Freedman's Monument, April 14, 1876.
1880 Frederick Douglass assesses the meaning of emancipation in 1880.
1881 The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass
1883 Emma Lazarus - New Colossus

Basic Readings in U.S. Democracy