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National Archives Launches Founders Online
The National Archives recently launched theFounders Online website. This free online tool brings together the papers of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison in a single website that gives a first-hand account of the growth of democracy and the birth of the republic.
Founders Online was created through a cooperative agreement between the NHPRC, the grant-making arm of the National Archives, and the University of Virginia Press.
The Founders Online project emerged from hearings of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary held in February 2008. Inspired by the testimony of historians such as David McCullough, Congress provided funding and directed the archivist of the United States to expedite public access to these founding documents through online publication.
Historians Discuss Immigration Reform on Capitol Hill
In response to the flurry of activity on this previously languishing issue, the National History Center, a project of the American Historical Association, sponsored a congressional briefing in the Rayburn House Office Building. These briefings offer congressional staff and members a historical perspective on issues of current interest. The historians who present at these briefings avoid making recommendations to Congress, but discuss previous paths taken and their outcomes.