Launched last year, “Our Documents” is a national initiative on American history, civics, and service that provides students and educators with access to the full text of 100 of the most influential documents in United States history. These milestone documents appear chronologically as part of a timeline and are supplemented with brief descriptions highlighting their historical significance. Documents include Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address, the Sherman Antitrust Act, and the nuclear findings recorded in the Manhattan Project Notebook, to name just a few. Other resources include an essay recounting the Constitutional Convention and lesson plans related to such historical figures as Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Graham Bell, and Thomas Edison. A downloadable, 80-page Teacher Sourcebook accompanies the project. Its purpose: “To get us thinking, talking, and teaching about the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our democracy.”

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