Declaration of Independence
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With this document, rebellious American colonists declared their independence from the British government and announced plans to create a new and free nation. (07/04/1776)
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/const/declar.html

 

Articles of Confederation
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The first governing document for the newly independent United States.
http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/artconf.htm

 

United States Constitution
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The text of the current governing document of the United States of America, including all amendments.
http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/usconst.htm

 

Federalist papers
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Arguments penned by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison in favor of the adoption of the Constitution to replace the Articles of Confederation. (1787-1789)
http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/federal/fed.htm

 

Anti-federalist papers
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Arguments against the proposed Constitution, arguing that it provided for too centralized a government and contained the seeds of tyranny. (1787-1789)
http://www.constitution.org/afp/afp.htm

 

The war inevitable
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by Patrick Henry
Patrick Henry's "Liberty or Death" speech to the 1775 Virginia Convention. (03/23/1775)
http://www.webleyweb.com/klh/pathenry.html

 

Common Sense
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by Thomas Paine
Full text of the book that inspired the Declaration of Independence and fueled the American revolution. (1776)
http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/D/1776-1800/paine/CM/sensexx.htm

 

The Rights of Man
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by Thomas Paine
Paine's defense of individual liberty. As always, Paine is quick to make valuable suggestions for proper government.
http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/D/1776-1800/paine/ROM/rofmxx.htm

 

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson
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The collected writings of the often-libertarian author of the Declaration of Independence.
http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/presiden/jeffpap.htm

 

Brief biography: John Locke (1632-1704)
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John Locke's influence on modern views of liberty is profound, including providing much of the philosophical influence for the American Revolution.
http://www.acton.org/publicat/randl/00sep_oct/liberaltradition.html

 

Democracy in America
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by Alexis de Tocqueville
The full text of the classic 19th-century analysis by an observant French aristocrat of the culture and people of the American republic and the potential threat to liberty posed by too much democracy.
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/DETOC/toc_indx.html

 

Inaugural address of Jefferson Davis:
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http://www.pointsouth.com/csanet/greatmen/davis/pres-ad1.htm

 

Inaugural addresses of the Presidents:
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A searchable database of the inaugural adresses of every president.
http://www.bartleby.com/124/index.html

 

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