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Creating a Knowledge-Based Democracy

“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day,” wrote Thomas Jefferson. Recognizing that a democracy cannot succeed without informed and educated citizens, Congress has passed legislation to establish a number of agencies and institutions that preserve and advance knowledge.

2 Images James Madison’s Notes of Debate in Congress, January 23, 1783 View All Images
1 Image Act Concerning the Library of Congress, January 26, 1802 View All Images
1 Image H.R. 5, 28th Congress, Bill to Establish the Smithsonian Institution... View All Images