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Constitution. Bill of Rights Essex Journal and New Hampshire packet. [No. 271 (September 9, 1789)]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06766 Author/Creator: Constitution. Bill of Rights Place Written: Newbury-Port, Massachusetts Type: Newspaper Date: 9 September 1789 Pagination: 4 p. ; 43.2 x 26 cm.

Summary of Content: Scarce newspaper printing of the seventeen amendments introduced by James Madison in the first Congress. Includes proceedings of Congress, introducing the amendments. The name "Mr. John Adams" has been inscribed in the left hand margin of the front page. Brigham 1: 375.

Background Information:

People: Madison, James, 1751-1836

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: US ConstitutionBill of RightsGovernment and CivicsLawCivil RightsCongressPresidentVice President

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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