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The full text of the Northwest Ordinance.

The Ordinance of 1787

The National Archives and Records Administration, National History Day, and other partners have put 100 key documents from American history on the Web. This is the text of the entire Northwest Ordinance from their site.

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The Northwest Ordinance, 1787
Creator: U.S. Continental Congress
Pub Data: Electronic text presented by the National Archives and Records Administration at
Citation: National Archives and Records Administration. "An Ordinance for the government of the Territory of the United States northwest of the River Ohio"; Online facsimile at:
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