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The District of Columbia was originally created as a territory under federal control to prevent any one state from dominating the new federal government. The argument over national representation and home rule began almost immediately after theā€¦

This item consists of the resolution proposing the Fifteenth Amendment, which was ratified February 3, 1870, and grants citizens the right to vote regardless of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

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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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