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Wednesday, 4th July 2007

Free During July: Digitized Historic Documents (Full Text, Full Image) via Footnote: Read First-Hand Accounts of the Birth of America

Digitized Documents: Free for July: Read first-hand accounts of the birth of America

Primary Revolutionary War Documents
Never Seen Before on the Internet! Footnote has made available, through their partnership with the National Archives, original documents relating to the American Revolution. Now including the Revolutionary War Pension Files.

Free Titles during the month of July from the Birth of America Collection
+ Continental Congress - Papers
+ Continental Congress - Misc
+ Constitutional Convention Records

Documents include:
++ General George Washington to the Continental Congress on 29 July 1779

Links to all of the following documents in this post:

+ Read George Washington’s Acceptance as General of the Continental Army

+ Read the first printed draft of the Constitution

+ John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival…It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations…” Read what Adams was referring to

+ Read a letter by Thomas Jefferson

+ A timeline of British colonization of America

+ Franklin wanted to call America “The United Colonies of North America”

+ Read about medical treatment during the Revolutionary War

+ Read Adams’ report on European opinion of the Revolutionary War

+ Read George Washington’s Acceptance as General of the Continental Army

+ Read Washington’s resignation speech

Note: A one week free trial to the entire database is available but does require a credit card. You are able to cancel online during that period. Otherwise, a year long subscription costs about $60. From what we can tell, the documents and collections listed above do NOT require any membership to access.

Source: Footnote


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