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Recueil des loix constitutives des colonies [french compilation of US documents]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01720 Author/Creator: Place Written: Philadelphia [i.e., Paris] Type: Books Date: 1778 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: French compilation of documents relating to American independence and self-rule, including state constitutions. Includes Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation. Dedicated to Franklin.


Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: State Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Government and Civics, Law, Revolutionary War, France, Articles of Confederation

Sub Era: The War for Independence