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The Charters of Freedom: "A New World is at Hand"
www.archives.gov/national_archives_experience/charters/charters.html
The National Archives and Records Administration offers a rich interactive online exhibit on the founding documents of the United States, and makes them available for download as free high-resolution scans.


The Star-Spangled Banner
americanhistory.si.edu/ssb/
Learn about the history of the original Star-Spangled Banner (described in Fading Away) and the current efforts to conserve it at the National Museum of American History.


Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web
www.sil.si.edu/SILPublications/Online-Exhibitions/
This searchable database from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries allows access to a variety of online exhibits and archival resources.


Center for History and New Media
chnm.gmu.edu/
The Center for History and New Media provides extensive online resources for teaching and researching the history of the United States. Its Web site includes links to related digital archives and academic articles.


Protection From Light Damage
www.nedcc.org/plam3/tleaf24.htm
This Technical Leaflet from the Northeast Document Conservation Center offers a comprehensive look at all aspects of fading and structural damage caused by light, as well as a range of remedies.



Books

American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence
by Pauline Maier. New York: Vintage Books, 1998.

The Story of the Declaration of Independence, Bicentennial Edition
by Dumas Malone. New York: Oxford University Press, 1975.

Jefferson's Pillow
by Roger Wilkins. Boston: Beacon Press, 2001.

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution
by Carol Burkin. New York: Harcourt Publishing, 2002.

Are We to Be a Nation?: The Making of the Constitution
by Richard B. Bernstein. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1987.


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