Below you will find many of the important documents, speeches and writings that played an important part of the founding of the United States
The Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence is different than many of our other founding documents because of t;he fact that was not legally binding. However, it was a powerful statement which declared the principles on which our national identity was based on.
- Transcript of the Declaration
- The Declaration of Independence: A History
- Declaring History
- Declaration of Independence at the National Archives
- “Declare the Causes: The Declaration of Independence”
Articles of Confederation
The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union was the first constitution of the United States and was agreed upon by all 13 states between July 1776 and November 1777. This document gave most rights to the states and governed how the states would work together. It was later replaced when they realized that the restrictions made operating a central government weak and ineffective.
- Articles of Confederation Transcript
- Perpetual Union
- “Why did the Articles of Confederation fail?”
- Articles of Confederation and related resources
The Constitution of the United States
In September 1787 the Articles of Confederation were finally replaced by a more comprehensive set of articles that would become the supreme law of the land for the United States. Although it was quickly ammended with the Bill of Rights and many ammendments since, the framework for our government still remains the same after 230 years.
- The Constitution of the United States Transcript
- Analysis and Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States
- America’s Founding Documents
- National Constitution Center
- Audio reading
Bill of Rights
After a very bitter debate over the ratification of the US Constitution, the Anti-Federalists proposed the Bill or Rights to guarantee certain individual nights, limit certain government powers and to specifically declare that all powers not specifically granted to the US Congress by the Constitution are reserved for the states or the people.
- The Bill of Rights Transcript
- Library of Congress: Bill of Rights and related resources
- Institute of Bill of Rights Law
- States’ rights
- Substantive due process
Other Writings by Founding Fathers
The Boston Massacre by John Hancockhttps://classroom.monticello.org/view/73271/