Declaration of Independence
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)
Articles of Confederation
The first governing document for the newly independent United States.
United States Constitution
The text of the current governing document of the United States of America, including all amendments.
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)
Arguments against the proposed Constitution, arguing that it provided for too centralized a government and contained the seeds of tyranny. (1787-1789)
The war inevitable
by Patrick Henry
Patrick Henry's "Liberty or Death" speech to the 1775 Virginia Convention. (03/23/1775)
by Thomas Paine
Full text of the book that inspired the Declaration of Independence and fueled the American revolution. (1776)
The Rights of Man
by Thomas Paine
Paine's defense of individual liberty. As always, Paine is quick to make valuable suggestions for proper government.
The Papers of Thomas Jefferson
The collected writings of the often-libertarian author of the Declaration of Independence.
Brief biography: John Locke (1632-1704)
John Locke's influence on modern views of liberty is profound, including providing much of the philosophical influence for the American Revolution.
Democracy in America
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.
Inaugural address of Jefferson Davis:
Inaugural addresses of the Presidents:
A searchable database of the inaugural adresses of every president.
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