Thursday, January 21, 2010

Documented Rights

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is currently featuring an outstanding online exhibit titled Documented Rights.

About the Exhibit:
"Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, our rights as citizens of the United States have been debated, contested, amended, and documented. The Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, established our basic civil rights. Later amendments and court decisions have continued the process of defining our human and civil rights.

Documents in the National Archives give voice to our national struggle for personal rights and freedoms. From the Emancipation Proclamation to the five cases that comprised Brown v. Board of Education, this exhibit features a sampling of documents from all regions of the National Archives" (NARA).

For the First Time
The National Archives and Records Administration has accumulated these historical “Documented Rights ” resources from around the country for you to see in one place. (NARA)

Access to the Past
Fourteen National Archives facilities across the nation from Atlanta to Anchorage, from Boston to Seattle, from New York to San Francisco, from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, and throughout the nation's heartland, encompassing Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Ft. Worth, and Denver, provide access to original documents and other records that illuminate the past. Nearly one-quarter of the total holdings of the National Archives can be found in the regions, including court records, naturalization records, ships’ passenger arrival records, and federal land records. (NARA)

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