The five documents shown in this introduction represent the broad range of items from the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration presented in American Originals.
Marriage announcement of Napoleon, Emperor of France, to Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria, April 3, 1810, received by President Madison
Telegram from President Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Lincoln, responding to her request for a $50 draft and news of their young son's pet goats at the White House, April 28, 1864 National Archives, Records of the Office of the Secretary of War
Petition for the right to vote, signed by Susan B. Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1873
During the period following the Civil War, between 1866 and 1897, the federal government designed and built some 300 new buildings throughout the nation.
Letter from Fidel Castro, as a young student, to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, November 6, 1940
Continue to Colonization and Settlement (1585-1763)
Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)
Expansion and Reform (1801-1861)
Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877)
The Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900)
The Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)
The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)
Postwar United States (1945 to early 1970s)
Contemporary United States (1968 to the present)
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