Today’s America is built on the foundation of America’s defeat, pain, promise, and independence. The journey of history reflects leaders of yesterday’s goals and ambition to bring forth a rich and honest beginning of Americas fight for independence. The past is revealed to learn and benefit from. Starting from the 17th century to the American Revolution, the following resources will take you on a journey on a political fight to make America a sovereign state.
17th Century Sources
First Charter of Virginia- Document on the First Charter of Virginia on April 6, 1606.
Mayflower Compact- History of the Mayflower Compact.
Beginning of Slavery- The arrival of the first African Americans in 1619.
The Charter of New England- 1620 Charter of New England
Hobbes' De Cive – Thomas Hobbes book on the foundations of government.
English Bill of Rights – 1689 declaration of the rights and liberties to subjects and residents of the crown.
Halifax Resolves- Documentation of the original text of the Halifax resolution.
The Character of a Good Ruler – Samuel Willard's 1694 election sermon.
The Maryland Toleration Act- Explains the acts effect on religion.
The Covenant Chain- Explains the reasoning behind the notion of the covenant.
18th Century Sources
William Byrd’s Diaries –The Thomas Nelson Community College explains the presence behind the diary.
Matthew Hale- Documentation of the publication The History of the Common Law of England.
On Patriotism – Henry St. John’s and Viscount Bolingbroke essay On Patriotism written between 130-1754.
The Declaration of Independence – Describe the motivation behind the Declaration of Independence.
The Federalist-The articles that create the framework for The Federalist Papers.
The Constitutional Convention- History of the Constitution and the process of making it.
Bill of Rights- The University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law explores the history of the Bill of Rights.
The Rights of Man – Web edition of Thomas Paine The Rights of Man publication.
Patrick Henry –Patrick Henry speech Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death.
The American Revolution- A site dedicated to the American Revolution.
Acts of Parliament
Currency Act- Article of The Currency Act of 1764.
The Royal Proclamation- The Avalon Project text of The Royal Proclamation of October 7, 1763.
The Sugar Act- Explains the tax repercussion of the act and the colonies perception of the act.
The Stamp Act- Historical implication of the act.
Declaratory Act –States the political aim of this act.
The Townshend Acts- The full document of The Townshend Act.
The Tea Act – Documentation of the May 10, 1773 act.
Coercive Acts – Extracts of the Coercive Acts of 1774.
Quebec Act- Explains the politic reasoning of creating The Quebec Act.
The Navigation Acts – Explains the Navigation Act of 1660.
Works of Individuals
1729 Currency- A Modest Enquiry into the Nature and Necessity of a Paper Currency.
Observations – Text of the Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind, Peopling of Countries, etc.
The Way to Wealth- An abstract of Benjamin Franklin’s writings from the Poor Richard’s Almanac.
Letter to Messieurs the PUBLIC and Co- A letter on the price of corn and the poor’s ability to access it.
In His Own Words- Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography.
The Diarist- Examines George Washington as a writer.
The Poet- Prints of George Washington two original poems.
The Diaries- Synopsis of the Presidents diary entries.
George Washington Diary- Excerpts of original documentation of the diary that is on exhibit at the Library of Congress.
Washington Writings – Archive of the president’s writings.
The Founders Constitution – John Adams work in chapter 15 titled Equality.
Defense of the Constitution- Images of Adam’s book and synopsis of the work.
The Adam Papers – Diary and autobiography.
The Braintree Instructions- History and content of the instructions.
A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law- A full copy of John Adam’s original publication.
The Writing of the Declaration of Independence- Describes how Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration.
Rights of British America- A synopsis of this work.
Private Papers – Copies of the original memoirs and private letters by Jefferson.
State of Virginia- Jefferson’s thoughts on Africans in Virginia.
Jefferson Bible- Excerpts from Jefferson’s publication on his thoughts and beliefs of Christ.
Federal Bill of Rights- James Madison’s letters to Thomas Jefferson regarding the Federal bill of rights.
The Federalist Papers- samples of Madison’s Federalist Papers.
Debates in the Convention- Preamble to The Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787.
Madison Documents- Examples of Madison’s writings.
Years 1769-1835- Letters written by James Madison during this time frame.
American Revolution Military Documents
Terms of Betrayal- Letter depicting the treason of Benedict Arnold.
Paul Revere- The real story of Paul Revere’s ride.
Benjamin Thompson- Text of Benjamin Thompson’s invisible letters.
Battle of Bunker Hill – First line accounts of the Battle of Bunker Hill by Bernard Bailyn.
Burgoyne's Campaign- A brief account of Burgoyne's campaign failure.
Spy Letters- Spy letter from William Howe to John Burgoyne.
Battle of Monmouth – A British account of the Battle of Monmouth.
Surrender of Saratoga- A detailed account of the surrender of Saratoga.
Cornwallis - Cornwallis’s letter of surrender.
The Philadelphia Campaign- Michael Schaffer’s accounts of the Campaign in 1777.
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