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Creating a Knowledge-Based Democracy

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James Madison’s Notes of Debate in...
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James Madison’s Notes of Debate in Congress, January 23, 1783

Madison supported establishing a library for Congress so that its members could be well informed. He also felt it was crucial to gather and preserve knowledge that had been written about the nation and the rest of the world.

Manuscript Division, Library of Congress