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Adams Family Papers : An Electronic Archive

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  • 1776 searches for all entries during 1776.
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There are no documents outside the range of 1753 to 1801.

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finds pages containing "root", or "roots", "rooted", etc.
also finds "root", "roots", "rooted", etc.

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finds pages containing "politics", "politicks", "polliticks", etc.

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only finds "polliticks", but not "politics".

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