Founding fathers’ writings made easy

by Phil Nash, KFWB
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George Washington (AP Photo)

George Washington (AP Photo)

If you’ve always wanted to read the writings of our nation’s founding fathers, but didn’t want to spend hours Google searching, a collaborative website that’s up and running may be just the thing for you. Enter: Founders Online, a joint venture between the National Archives and the University of Virginia Press, has posted nearly 120,000 documents. The New York Times says among them are the personal writings and other papers of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin.

The documents have been digitized and cataloged for an easy search for the first time. Approximately 55,000 unpublished documents will be added over the next three years. The website is being praised by scholars for making their work far less cumbersome than it’s been since 1950, when Princeton University Press first began publishing volumes of Thomas Jefferson’s papers. You may visit Founders Online at http://www.founders.archive.gov

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