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Beginning with the Continental Congress in 1774, America”s nationallegislative bodies have kept records of their proceedings. The recordsof the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and theUnited States Congress make up a rich documentary history of theconstruction of the nation and the development of the federal governmentand its role in the national life. These documents record Americanhistory in the words of those who built our government.Books on the law formed a major part of the holdings of the Libraryof Congress from its beginning. In 1832, Congress established the Law Library of Congress as aseparate department of the Library. It houses one of the most completecollections of U.S.
Congressional documents in their original format. Inorder to make these records more easily accessible to students,scholars, and interested citizens, A Century of Lawmaking for a NewNation brings together online the records and acts of Congressfrom the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention through the 43rd Congress, including the first three volumes of the Congressional Record, 1873-75.
The mission of the Library of Congress is to make itsresources available and useful to Congress and the American people and to sustainand preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for futuregenerations. The goal of the Library”s National Digital Library Program is tooffer broad public access to a wide range of historical and cultural documents asa contribution to education and lifelong learning.
The Library of Congress presents these documents as part of the record ofthe past. These primary historical documents reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. The Library of Congressdoes not endorse the views expressed in these collections, whichmay contain materials offensive to some readers. Special Presentations:
The Making of the U.S. Constitution Timeline: American History as Seen in Congressional Documents, 1774-1873The Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence of the United StatesIndian Land Cessions in the United States, 1784 to 1894