American State Papers, 1789-1838

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American State Papers, 1789-1838 is a collection of all the legislative and executive documents of the first fourteen U.S. Congresses, plus additional materials such as speeches and messages of Presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison. Some major historic events covered include Lewis and Clark's Expedition, Burr's conspiracy and arrest, and the Treaty of the Creek Indians. This collection is relevant to the study of all aspects of American history, including commerce and navigation, finance, foreign relations, genealogy, Indian affairs, military and naval affairs, and political, social, cultural, and ethnic history. 

This database is the electronic counterpart of the print publication American State Papers, 1789-1838. Unlike the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980, the publications in American State Papers are not divided into reports and documents, and they do not include House and Senate journals. Approximately two-thirds of the publications in American State Papers cover the first 14 Congresses (1789-1817), whereas the remaining third chronologically overlap with the Serial Set from 1817-1838.



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Full-text and full-image documents.

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The United States Congress; The Government Printing Office.

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