Multimedia resources from the Library of Congress that support instruction about U.S. civics and government. These resources include expert presentations, exhibitions, bibliographies, Webcasts, and other online materials.
Alcove 9 - U.S. Politics, Government and Law (Internet Resources) A Library of Congress collection of internet sites related to U.S. government, politics, and law.
American History as Seen in Congressional Documents, 1774-1873 (Presentation) Chart America’s story through its legislative records and documents.
American Memory Timeline: Confederation Government Policy Toward Native Americans (Presentation) View 18th and 19th century documents related to policies and strategies America developed to keep peace between white settlers and Native Americans.
American Memory Timeline: The United States Constitution (Presentation) Read debates, drafts and documents related to the adoption of the Constitution.
Benjamin Franklin: In His Own Words (Exhibition) Learn about Benjamin Franklin's public, professional, and scientific accomplishments through important documents, letters, books, broadsides, and cartoons. The Continental Congress section highlights his role as a delegate.
Congressional Information on the Library of Congress Web Site (Library of Congress Bibliography) This guide provides access to Congressional information available on the Library of Congress Web site. Click on 1763-1815 for links to more information about the Constitution and related documents.
Creating the United States (Exhibition) Learn how the nation’s founding documents were forged and the role that imagination and vision played in the unprecedented creative act of forming a self–governing country. Themes include Creating the Declaration of Independence, Creating the Constitution and Creating the Bill of Rights.
Declaring Independence: Drafting the Documents (Exhibition) Learn about the history of the Declaration of Independence and view original drafts and related documents.
The Emancipation Proclamation (Presentation) View a timeline and gallery of images related to the Emancipation Proclamation.
Finding Franklin: A Resource Guide (Library of Congress Bibliography) This online bibliography links to Benjamin Franklin resources across the Library of Congress Web site and beyond.
George Washington: A Resource Guide (Library of Congress Bibliography) Link to digital materials related to Washington such as letters, broadsides, government documents, books, and images that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site.
George Washington Papers Timeline (Presentation) This timeline links to selected documents covering the Colonial Period, the American Revolution and the Early Republic.
The Gettysburg Address (Exhibition) View two original drafts of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
Guide to the Law Online (Internet Resources) An annotated guide to government and law information available online prepared by the Law Library of Congress.
A Guide to Washington, D.C. (Library of Congress Bibliography) This guide consists of materials relating to the history of Washington, D.C. from the Library of Congress sites and other related web sites.
Inaugurations (Presentation) Through images and written accounts, observe the pageantry of presidential inaugurations. The inauguration of the President represents the beginning of a new era for the Executive branch of the US government.
James Madison: A Resource Guide (Library of Congress Bibliography) Link to digital materials related to Madison such as manuscripts, letters, broadsides, government documents, and images that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site.
James Madison and the Federal Constitutional Convention of 1787 (Presentation) Learn about James Madison's significant role in the founding of the federal government.
James Madison: Philosopher and Practitioner of Liberal Democracy (Webcast) View cybercasts of presentations made during a 2001 symposium celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of James Madison.
James Monroe: A Resource Guide (Library of Congress Bibliography) Link to digital materials related to Monroe such as manuscripts, letters, broadsides, government documents, and images that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site.
Madison’s Treasures (Exhibition) Explore handwritten documents from the Madison collection – many related to the drafting and ratification of the Constitution and the amendments that became the Bill of Rights.
Presidents as Poets (Library of Congress Bibliography) Explore this guide to the poetic endeavors of U.S. presidents.
Primary Documents in American History (Library of Congress Bibliography) This Web site, arranged by historical era, links to important documents in American history. Click on 1763-1815 for links to the Constitution and related documents.
Publishing the Declaration of Independence (Webcast) Robin Shields discusses the distribution of the Declaration of Independence through early American newspapers in this Journeys and Crossings presentation.
Religion and the Founding of the American Republic (Exhibition) What role did religion play in the founding of the American colonies? This exhibit examines books, manuscripts, letters, prints, paintings, artifacts and music related to this theme.
Slave Code for the District of Columbia (Presentation) View two 1860’s slave codes outlining slavery related law in force in the District of Columbia.
State and Local Governments (Internet Resources) A Library of Congress collection of internet sites related to state and local governments.
Thomas (Legislative Resource) Thomas provides links to legislative information. View this site dedicated to archiving the day-to-day activiites of the United States Congress.
Thomas Jefferson's Library (Exhibition) This exhibition reveals how books were vital to Thomas Jefferson’s education and well–being and how his personal library provided Jefferson with a broad knowledge of the contemporary and ancient worlds. Exhibition themes include Memory, Reason and Imagination and feature opportunities to explore pages from a selection of books in each category.
Thomas Jefferson Papers (Amercian Memory Collection) View Thomas Jefferson (1743-1827) and Virginia Records (1553-1743) timelines with links to selected images and documents from the Thomas Jefferson Papers.
To Form a More Perfect Union - The Work of the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention (Presentation) Learn about the birth of the American nation through its documents.
Web Guide: The American Founders Online (Library of Congress Bibliography) The digital resources described in this guide provide online access, in varying degrees, to the personal papers and/or publications of the major founders of the American Republic.
The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution (Webcast) Linda Monk discusses her book - The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution.