Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence

 The Declaration of Independence

 

American Political and Historical Documents

 

The United States is a nation of laws and ideas. The fabric of American society is woven together by our reliance upon the words in these documents. Many of these links lead to various government archive sites and private websites, from which you can further explore the words and concepts that form the basis of our country.
The Declaration of Independence 

 
Virginia Declaration of Rights George Mason’s Virginia Declaration influenced The Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

Agrarian JusticeThomas Paine’s political and economic essay which formed part of the intellectual foundations for America’s Social Security programs.

 The Mayflower Compact

The Gettysburg Addressby President Abraham Lincoln

Constitution of the United States Literally, this document is the “Law of the Land”.

The Federalist PapersThe justification for the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.

War of 1812: The Treaty of Ghent (December 24, 1814)

Magna Carta “The Great Charter” of King John. Signed at Runnymede in 1205, this document granted various rights to Englishmen and limited the power of the King. This established English common law, which greatly influenced the Founding Fathers. This version is a translation from 1297.

World War 2 DocumentsThis new page features the texts of many important documents, speeches and treaties dealing with World War 2.