Landmark Moments


Landmark Moments


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Signing of the Voting Rights Act
President Lyndon B. Johnson hands Senator Robert F. Kennedy a pen from the signing.

Voting Record of the Constitutional Convention
For four months the delegates debated fundamental questions relating to government, power, and human nature. Each and every clause of the Constitution was painstakingly argued and resolved. The voting record reflects the countless diplomacies,…

Joint Resolution Proposing the Twenty-Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution
This item consists of the Twenty-Sixth Amendment, which was ratified July 1, 1971, and extends the right to vote to citizens eighteen years of age and older.

The Stage of the Campaign When the Working Man Feels His Importance
This cartoon shows politicians, including New York gubernatorial candidate Theodore Roosevelt, cozying up to the "working man," as the 1898 congressional and state elections entered the final week. Berryman points out the attention lavished on the…

Adoption of the Resolution Calling for Independence from England, 07/02/1776
This document records the July 2, 1776, vote in which the Continental Congress agreed to independence. The words of the resolution, originally proposed by Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee, are echoed in the Declaration of Independence.
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