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The rights of the Colonies Explained

(1764) The Rights of the Colonies Explained by Stephen Hopkins
Document Type: Founding Father Works (File Size: 40.89K) Stephen Hopkins

Boston Massacre Oration

(1774/03/05) Oration by John Hancock on the 4th anniversary of the Boston Massacre on March 5th, 1774
Document Type: Founding Father Works (File Size: 19.29K) John Hancock

Declaration of Taking up Arms

(1775/07/06) Declaration on the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms stating that Americans are "resolved to die free men rather than live as slaves."
Document Type: Supporting Documents (File Size: 16.83K)

The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved

(1764 - February) The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved by James Otis
Document Type: Founding Father Works (File Size: 12.31K) James Otis

Sugar Act of 1764

(04/05/1764) British Parliament (April 5, 1764) passes the Sugar Tax - The Sugar Act doubling the duties on foreign goods reshipped from England to the colonies. A court is established in Halifax, Nova Scotia with jurisdiction over all of the American colonies in trad
Document Type: Supporting Documents (File Size: 57.28K)

John Adams Inaugural Address

(03/04/1797) The Inaugural address of President John Adams
Document Type: Founding Father Works (File Size: 13.62K) John Adams

Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independance - Goodrich

(1842) Lives of the signers of the delcaration of independence by Rev. Charles A. Goodrich. Contains short biographies of the Founding Fathers.
Document Type: Supporting Documents (File Size: 0.96M)

Lees Resolution

(06/07/1776) Resolution introduced in the Continental Congress by Richard Henry Lee (Virginia) proposing a Declaration of Independence, June 7, 1776. This is the resolution to congress that started the drafting of the Declaration of Indepenence.
Document Type: Core Documents (File Size: 670.00B) Richard Henry Lee

The American Crisis

(1776) The American Crisis is a group of articles written by Thomas Paine. The first one was read to the troops at Valley Forge
Document Type: Founding Father Works (File Size: 424.82K) Thomas Paine

Detached Memoranda

(13962) James Madison, Detached Memoranda - Amendment I (Religion)
Document Type: Founding Father Works (File Size: 1.77K) James Madison

Against the Writs of Assistance

(02-24-1761) James Otis Speech Against the Writs of Assistance - A speech by James Otis during hte trial know as the Paxtons case.
Document Type: Founding Father Works (File Size: 12.60K) James Otis

Washington Address Continental Congress

(12-23-1783) Washington's Address to the Continental Congress Resigning His Commission as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army - Mr. President: The great events on which my resignation depended having at length taken place; I have now the honor of offering my si
Document Type: Founding Father Works (File Size: 2.15K) George Washington

Washington Farwell Orders to Armies

(11-02-1783) Washingtons Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States, 2 November 1783 - The United States in Congress assembled after giving the most honorable testimony to the merits of the foederal Armies, and presenting them with the thanks of their Country
Document Type: Founding Father Works (File Size: 9.31K) George Washington

Washington Speech to the Officers of the Continental Army

(03-15-1783) Gentlemen: By an anonymous summons, an attempt has been made to convene you together; how inconsistent with the rules of propriety! how unmilitary! and how subversive of all order and discipline, let the good sense of the Army decide.
Document Type: Founding Father Works (File Size: 9.29K) George Washington

Age of Reason - Thomas Paine

(1794) I put the following work under your protection. It contains my opinions upon Religion. You will do me the justice to remember, that I have always strenuously supported the Right of every Man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to m
Document Type: Founding Father Works (File Size: 463.45K) Thomas Paine

Rights of Man - Thomas Paine

(1792) Rights of Man by Thomas Paine - Secretary For Foreign Affairs To Congress In The American War
Document Type: Founding Father Works (File Size: 515.06K) Thomas Paine

Common Sense - Thomas Paine

(1791) Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable out
Document Type: Founding Father Works (File Size: 109.99K) Thomas Paine

Dissertation on first-principles of government

(07-07-1795) There is no subject in which mankind are more universally interested than in the subject of government. His security, be he rich or poor,
Document Type: Founding Father Works (File Size: 60.81K) Thomas Paine

Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independance

(1842) Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence by Rev. Charles A. Goodrich. This book contains an accout of the distinguished band of patriots, who composed the congress of 1776.
Document Type: Supporting Documents (File Size: 29.19M)

James Otis the Pre-Revolutionist

() Great Americans of History - James Otis the Pre-Revolutionist by John Clark Ridpath, LL.D.
Document Type: Supporting Documents (File Size: 254.41K) James Otis

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death - Speech

(03-23-1775) Full text of the speech by Patrick Henry. Give me liberty, or give me death! is a quotation attributed to Patrick Henry from a speech he made to the Virginia Convention in 1775, at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, he is credited with having swung
Document Type: Founding Father Works (File Size: 6.86K) Patrick Henry

The Federalist Papers

(1787 - 1788) The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 articles and essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay promoting the ratification of the United States Constitution. Seventy-seven were published serially in The Independent Journal and The
Document Type: Supporting Documents (File Size: 1.10M) Alexander Hamilton James Madison John Jay

Eminet Americans

(1855) (ROUGH COPY) Comprising brief biographies of leading statesmen, Patriots, Orators and Others, Men and Women, who have made American History - Benson J. Lossing
Document Type: Supporting Documents (File Size: 1.55M)

Declaration of Independence

(07-04-1776) The Declaration of Independence is the usual name of a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent so
Document Type: Core Documents (File Size: 9.70K)

Amendments XI - XXVII

(1794 - 1992) The thirty-three amendments to the United States Constitution which have been adopted by the United States Congress and sent to the states for ratification since the Constitution was put into operation on March 4, 1789.
Document Type: Core Documents (File Size: 17.70K)


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