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The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the peoples' right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The Senate received many petitions during the Civil War covering a wide-range of concerns. These documents are now part of the Records of the U.S. Senate housed at the Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives and Records Administration.


Image of a petition to secure the freedom of the pressTo Secure the Freedom of Press
Image of a petition requesting Israelites be able to serve as Chaplains. Page 1Israelites as Chaplains
Image of a petition requesting the recognition of the Liberian Republic's IndependenceRequesting the Recognition of the Liberian Republic's Independence