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The National Archives’ 100 Milestone Documents

It was during my days researching milestones for the Book of Records that I realized that primary sources began to make my heart go aflutter. Well, the National Archives’ 100 Milestone Documents website is just swoon inducing. It provides a scanned image, a transcript, and background notes for 100 history making American documents from 1776 to 1965 including every constitutional amendment, the Gettysburg Address, the Zimmermann Telegram, even the check that bought Alaska.
When the site launched back in 2003, the National Archives, National History Day, and U.S. News & World Report held a public vote to determine the ten most significant documents based on the percentage of voters who cited each doc in their top ten (List after the jump).

The Declaration of Independence 75.9%
The U.S. Constitution 69.3%
The Bill of Rights 67.9%
The Louisiana Purchase Treaty 34.3%
The Emancipation Proclamation 33.5%
The 19th Amendment to the Constitution 31.4%
The 13th Amendment to the Constitution 30.1%
The Gettysburg Address 25.4%
The Civil Rights Act 25.2%
The Social Security Act 20.9%


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