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Federal Legislative History: Debates

Resources for locating compiled histories and individual documents for federal legislation.

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Historical Congressional Record

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Debates: 1789-1873

The American Memory Project makes available pre-1883 Congressional debates and preceedings from these publications:

Members of Congress

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