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National Archives and Records Administration, National History Day, US Freedom Corps

This website highlights 100 primary source documents that shaped United States history. Documents include the Declaration of Independence, the Virginia Plan, the Civil Rights Act, and the Executive Order establishing the Peace Corps. Each source has detailed information about the document, an image of the original document, a document transcript, and high-resolution pdfs. The website also contains Tools for Educators, with guides on integrating these important documents into the classroom. Want to know what James Madison’s handwriting looks like, and why what he wrote was important? This is the place for you.

Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2009 (Excerpt) ,

US House of Representatives

The Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2009 is a more recently introduced bill to try to extend federal recognition to six Indian tribes in Virginia (the Chickahominy Tribe, the Chickahomin Tribe Eastern…

What Criteria Must Be Met for Federal Recognition of Tribal Status?
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Testimony of Theresa Rosier, Counselor to the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs

This document contains testimony from the U.S. Office of Federal Acknowledgment regarding its criteria for federal tribal recognition. American Indian tribes who are federally recognized are eligible for additional rights and "inherent sovereignty." …

School Desegregation: A Community’s Response,

Sarah Taylor, Salem City Schools

The challenge of protecting civil rights in a democracy, the intersection between state and local government, the activity of citizens in their local school board and administration, and the role of the media in addressing controversial issues are…

Handbook for Grand Jurors,

Judicial Conference of the United States

There are two kinds of federal juries in the United States. Petit juries (or "trial" juries) decide whether or not someone is guilty or not guilty. Grand Juries decide whether or not someone can be "indicted" for a charge. In other words, they…

Model Grand Jury Charge,

Judicial Conference of the United States

There are two kinds of federal juries in the United States. Petit juries (or "trial" juries) decide whether or not someone is guilty or not guilty. Grand Juries decide whether or not someone can be "indicted" for a charge. In other words, they…

Amendments 11-27 to the U.S. Constitution,

U.S. Government

The first ten amendments to the U.S. costitution consist of the Bill of Rights, passed as a group in 1789. The following amendments span from 1795 to 1992. Amendments 14, 15, 19, and 26 are of particular interest, as they all have to do with voting…

Virginia Constitution, 1776,

George Mason, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and others

Virginia signed its first constitution in 1776 upon the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Since that time, there have been frequent amendments and six major revisions to the constitution: 1830, 1851, 1864, 1870, 1902, and 1971. Our current…

Draft Virginia Constitution, 1776,

Thomas Jefferson

Virginia signed its first constitution, drafted by Thomas Jefferson in 1776 upon the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Since that time, there have been frequent amendments and six major revisions to the constitution: 1830, 1851, 1864, 1870,…