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List: Top Ten United States Milestone Documents

Date: February 2004

Source: Columbus Federal Voice

Base: 'Nearly 40,000 Americans' voted.

Notes: The poll was part of a national initiative titled, "The People's Vote: 100 Documents that Shaped America." The project was co-sponsored by the U.S. National Archives, the USA Freedom Corps and private sector sponsors. They invited Americans of all ages and backgrounds to vote for 10 of 100 milestone documents drawn mainly from the holdings of the National Archives.

Rank

Document

1

The Declaration of Independence (1776)

2

The Constitution of the United States (1787)

3

The Bill of Rights (1791)

4

The Louisiana Purchase Treaty (1803)

5

The Emancipation Proclamation (1863)

6

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution: Women's Right to Vote (1920)

7

The 13th Amendment to the Constitution: Abolition of Slavery (1865)

8

The Gettysburg Address (1863)

9

The Civil Rights Act (1964)

10

The Social Security Act (1935)


 
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