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Core Documents of Democracy


This United States Government Printing Office site provides access to legislative, regulatory, demographic and economic documentation about and from the United States government.


The site uses an outline format with wide spacing, dividers, and no graphics to present the information.


The outline makes it very easy to locate the links from the main page. Most of the additional pages are similar because, although a lot of the information comes from different sites, the site incorporates them in a uniform way. A link back to the index page is available on each page.


This page is part of the Web site of the Government Printing Office (GPO) and was set up so users might have free, direct and permanent access online to "the basic Federal Government documents that define our democratic society." The documents listed cover the basic rights of American citizens as well as the structure of American society. The publications include well-known documents such as The Bill of Rights, The Constitution of the United States of America, The Declaration of Independence, and Supreme Court decisions. The site also includes less "celebrated" documents such as Public Laws, the United States Code, the Federal Register, and the Budget of the United States Government. The site accepts suggestions for additions to the list and also has information for contacting the GPO for help. For American history or political science teachers and students, this is a great place to find a lot of important information in one area.