Government Documents

Governments include dictatorships and democracies, parliaments and congresses. More than a system of rules and regulations, they help civilized people to live together peacefully. These stories explore different forms of government.

In 1704, Britain imposed “Penal Laws” which governed the conduct of Irish Catholics. Over the decades, those restrictive laws substantiall...

Britain imposed "Penal Laws" on Irish Catholics in 1704.  This image highlights some of the more onerous laws which adversely impacted Irish-Cath...

Liao Cheng-Chih was the Vice-Chair of the China Peace Committee in 1964.  On the 20th of July, that year, he addressed a rally during which he in...

This document, one of America's top treasures, is Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural address.  The edits are in the President's own handwriting.Th...

In 1916, congess passed a law forbidding the sale of goods made by children outside the state.  Though the law was overturned it marked an import...

This image is a facsimilie of the petition from Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to the United States Senate in 1874.

This image is a facsimilie of the petition from Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to the United States Senate in 1874.

On October 25, 1962, Adlai Stevenson confronts Soviet Ambassador Zorin in the United Nations. The US, says Stevenson, is prepared to "wait until hell ...

This document, written in Russian, is the Agreement by which the United States purchased Alaska from Russia.  To some individuals, this purchase ...

Image of a copy of Thomas Jefferson's Declartion of Rights, approved by the Continental Congress and published in Colonial newspapers on October 14, 1...

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