Milestone Documents in American History

A new resource from the National Archives – Milestone Documents – provides access to primary sources that highlight pivotal moments in the course of American history and government. These documents are some of the most-viewed and sought-out documents in the holdings of the National Archives.

Treaty of Paris in interactive timeline
The Treaty of Paris in the interactive timeline at

Milestone Documents includes primary sources such as:

You and your students can access the documents through an interactive timeline at the top of the page. Or you can skip down the page to find the historical era you are currently teaching or learning about.

Each milestone document in this list has its own page including historical context and background information, a transcript, links to high-resolution images and additional pages in the National Archives Catalog, and a link to teaching resources for the document on DocsTeach, the online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives.

Telegram Announcing the Surrender of Fort Sumter webpage
Telegram Announcing the Surrender of Fort Sumter (1861) at

Access all of the Milestone Documents at! How could you use this list for teaching and learning?

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