Containing the complete and unabridged text
of the original documents which founded the United States of America.
1776: Declaration of Independence
Sent to leaders around the world by the thirteen original American Colonies, to proclaim their dissolution from King George III of England, and to make the United States of America her own sovereign nation.
1777: Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union
Document which served as the foundation of government for the thirteen original American Colonies and is regarded as the first Constitution of the United States.
1787: Federalist Papers
A series of 85 essays from the Founding Fathers, written and published to gain public support to ratify a new United States Constitution, intended to replace the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union.
1787: United States Constitution
Serving to this day as the foundation of government structure in the United States of America and the document upon which all politicians and armed forces swear an oath to protect and defend.
1789: Bill of Rights
The first of ten amendments to the United States Constitution, enumerating multiple God-given rights, as implied in the Declaration of Independence.
1795-1992: Constitutional Amendments
After the original 10 amendments made by the Bill of Rights, beginning in 1795, an additional 17 amendments have been made to the United States Constitution.