From Thomas Jefferson's handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence to a Ku Klux Klan robe, the Library's collections guarantee that we cannot retreat from the realities — noble and ignoble — of the past. The human capacity for both good and evil is reflected in the societies we have created. We have often been guided by the pursuit of justice, but the truth is that we have always — as our collections document — created both just and unjust organizations and societies.

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