Founding Documents

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Founding Documents

Everything we believe about America--the inequities and victories of our past and the promise of our future--is based on the beliefs and laws expressed in our founding documents. Any student of American history needs to be aquainted with them. So for reference we provide them here.


The Declaration of Independence

The Preamble to the Constitution

The Constitution of the United States

The Bill of Rights

Amendments 11 - 27




Thomas Jefferson. Copy of painting by Rembrandt Peale, circa 1805. National Archives.