Topic: Legal History

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Tea Act

The Tea Act was an effort to rescue the East India Company from bankruptcy. The law lowered the tax on East India tea and gave the Company a...
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The Congress of Tucuman

In 1816, the Congress of Tucumán, shown here, declared independence from the Spanish Empire. The congress met in what is now Argentina, but it also included delegates from...
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Townshend Act

The Townshend Act imposed a tax on glass, lead, tea, paper, and paints imported from Britain. In response to colonial objections to the Stamp Act, Parliament thought that...
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Treaty of Paris Article 10

This document is the treaty ending the American Revolution. Signed on September 3, 1783, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay represented the United States in the negotiations...
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UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights

After WWII, the international community created the United Nations as a means to prevent future global conflict and brutalities. This document, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, complements...
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United States Supreme Court

This photograph shows the building in Washington, D.C., where the Supreme Court of the United States has met since 1935. Before then, the court, like Congress, met in...
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View of Fountain Court, Middle Temple

This image shows a view of the Middle Temple at the Inns of Court in London. Gentlemen from the colonies attended the Inns of Court in order to...
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Virginia Company Charter

In 1606, the Virginia Company of London received this charter from King James I. In 1607, the company established the first permanent English colony in America at Jamestown....
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Virginia Declaration of Rights

In June 1776, Virginia’s temporary government—known as the Convention—unanimously adopted this Declaration of Rights. George Mason was the main author of the document, which aimed to secure the...