Monthly Archives: May 2015

“Tear Down this Wall” – President Ronald Reagan Speech (1987)

President Reagan’s Speech at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin 1987 Records of the U.S. Information Agency National Archives Identifier: 54682 In 1987, while in West Germany, President Reagan’s famous “Mr. Gorbachev – tear down this wall” speech at the Brandenburg speech … Continue reading

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Inaugural Address of President John Adams – Primary Source Document

    Inaugural address of President John Adams 3/4/1797 Records of the U.S. Senate National Archives Identifier: 306444

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Nomination of John Marshall as Chief Justice by President Adams – Primary Source Document

  Message of President John Adams nominating John Marshall to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court 1/20/1801 Records of the U.S. Senate National Archives Identifier: 306290

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Benedict Arnold – Oath of Allegiance- Primary Source Document

5/30/1778 War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records National Archives Identifier: 300357 In 1778, Benedict Arnold, like all military officers, swore allegiance to his country. In 1780 General Arnold betrayed his oath by conspiring to surrender West Point to the … Continue reading

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Louisiana Purchase – Primary Source Document – April 30, 1803

The Louisiana Purchase has been described as the greatest real estate deal in history. In 1803 the United States paid France $15 million for the Louisiana Territory–828,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River. The lands acquired stretched … Continue reading

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Al Capone Verdict – October 17,1931

On April 23, 1930, the Chicago Crime Commission issued its first Public Enemies List; there were 28 names on it, and Al Capone’s was the first. Capone headed an enormous crime organization that netted huge profits from the illegal liquor … Continue reading

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President Richard Nixon’s resignation letter – August 9, 1974

On the morning of August 9, 1974, the day following President Nixon’s televised resignation speech, White House Chief of Staff Alexander Haig presented this letter to President Nixon to sign. The President’s resignation letter is addressed to the Secretary of … Continue reading

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