Thomas Jefferson

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Portrait of Thomas Jefferson.

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The First Women’s Rights Convention, Seneca Falls, 1848.

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The State of Nature

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Painting of a valley with storm clouds

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Samuel Chase.

An Intemperate Man: The Impeachment of Justice Samuel Chase

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A diagram of the solar system from 1781, focused on Uranus.

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Table of election returns printed in newspaper in 1796.

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Alien Invasion, 1492, by Ka’ila Farrell-Smith, depicting animals with harsh lines and the word "un-erasing."

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Drawing by Thomas Rowlandson, of the "Inside View of the Public Library," Cambridge, 1809.

A Library by the Book

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Artwork of Congress on July 4, 1776

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