The Nation: The Pilgrims in the Archives

Eighteen million visitors are expected in Washington during the Bicentennial year, and vast numbers of them will come to the massive National Archives Building at Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues to view America's historic documents: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. TIME Correspondent Don Sider joined the already long lines of visitors and sent this report:

The pilgrims pass in slow procession through the soft peach glow of the great rotunda, moving up to the shrinelike cases that hold the documents. Honeymooners Karen and Philip pause for long moments....

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