HERITAGE LIBRARY

DOCUMENTS, ARTICLES, AND VAST ARCHIVES
OF AMERICAN HISTORICAL TRUTHS

Homestead Act

Date:1862 Annotation: Law providing for free land for western settlers. The Homestead Act of 1862 provided settlers with 160 acres …

Proclamation to the Mexicans of Texas

Author:   Juan Nepomuceno Cortina Date:1859 Annotation: This text appeared in the Brownsville newspaper. Document: County of Cameron, Camp in the Rancho …

The Dred Scott Decision

Author:   Roger B. Taney Date:1857 Annotation: In March 1857, the Supreme Court answered a question that Congress had evaded …

The Crime Against Kansas

Author:   Charles Sumner Date:1856 Annotation: This speech was delivered by Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts, on May 19-20, 1856, …

Republican Party Platform, 1856

Date:1856 Annotation: Republican Party Platform of 1856. Document: Republican Party Platform of 1856 This Convention of Delegates, assembled in pursuance of …

Kansas-Nebraska Act

Annotation: In 1854, a piece of legislation was introduced in Congress that shattered all illusions of sectional peace. …

Clayton-Bulwer Treaty

Author:   John M. Clayton and Henry Lytton Bulwer Date:1850 Annotation: The Clayton-Bulwer Treaty was an agreement that stated that …

Testimony of Canadian Fugitives

Author:   Benjamin Drew Date:1850 Annotation: The testimony and personal accounts of fugitive slaves’ journeys to freedom written by Benjamin …

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Date:1848 Annotation: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was the peace treaty that ended the Mexican-American War (1846–1848). Document: ART. I. THERE …

Seneca Falls Declaration

Author:   Elizabeth Cady Stanton Date:1848 Annotation: Seneca Falls, New York, is the birthplace of the women’s rights movement in …

Oregon Treaty

Date:1846 Annotation: This treaty brought an end to the Oregon boundary dispute by settling competing American and British claims …

Webster-Ashburton Treaty

Date:1842 Annotation: The Webster-Ashburton Treaty settled several matters between the United States and Great Britain and was signed August …
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