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US History: Founding Fathers, Historical Documents, Elections, Constitution, more

American History: Founding Fathers, Historical Documents, Elections, Constitution, more


The Federalist Papers Online

One of the most important works on political theory ever written. Check out this very readable online edition.
James Madison Founding Fathers postcardAlexander Hamilton Founding Fathers postcardJohn Jay Founding Fathers postcard
Other founding documents: The Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution, The Bill of Rights, and other Amendments to the Constitution.

The American Flag

Eight pages of American flag history, plus links to U.S. state flags, flags for sale, flag t-shirts, free U.S. flag clip art, and more.

Don't Tread on Me

Americans across the country are rediscovering the "Don't Tread on Me" slogan. Many are part of the new Tea Party Movement protesting massive government spending and bailouts. What would the founding fathers think of all this? This blog post on the historical context of the 1773 Boston Tea Party is food for thought.

History of the USA

This highly readable e-text includes a Revolutionary War timeline, the causes of the Revolution, the story of the Declaration of Independence, Bunker Hill, Yorktown, and much more.

Founding Father Family Trees and Bios

WikiTree is my new collaborative history project. Participants have started pages for Green Mountain Boy Ethan Allen, giant Virginian Peter Francisco, philosopher-entrepreneur Benjamin Franklin, bold Declaration-signer John Hancock, Federalist John Jay, President Thomas Jefferson, financial wizard Haym Salomon, General Henry Knox, President James Madison, rabble-rouser Thomas Paine, flag seamstress Betsy Ross, and cousin-of-George Lieutenant Colonel William Washington. There are also interesting pages for Founder of the Daughters of the American Revolution founder Flora Adams Darling and anthem-writer Francis Scott Key. Please check out WikiTree. You might be able to contribute something about one of the founding fathers, or you might want to start your own family history.

Founding Fathers Image Gallery

Browse Thomas Jefferson art prints, George Washington posters, founding fathers clip art, early American flag clip art, and more.

Founding Fathers Quotes

Take a look at this collection of over 250 inspiring bits of wisdom and other quotes from our founding fathers


HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS

Alexis de Tocqueville Democracy in America
http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Ftitle=2284&Itemid=28
The American Colonist's Library
http://www.homeschoolacademy.com/vlibrary/ACL.htm
American Histories
David Ramsay History of the American Revolution
http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Ftitle=1870&Itemid=28
Mercy Otis Warren History of the American Revolution
http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Ftitle=1872&Itemid=28

The American Presidency Project
http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/
A Century of Lawmaking
lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lawhome.html
Elliot's Debates
memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwed.html
Farrand's Records
memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwfr.html
Journals of the Continental Congress
memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwjc.html
Letters of Delegates to Congress
memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwdg.html
Annals of Congress
memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwac.html
Congressional Globe
memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwcg.html
Congressional Record
memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwcr.html
Register of Debates
memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwrd.html
House Journal
memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwhj.html
Maclay's Journal
memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwmj.html
Senate Executive Journal
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwej.html
Senate Journal
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwsj.html
American State Papers
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwsp.html
Bills and Resolutions
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwhbsb.html
Statutes at Large
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwsl.html
U.S. Serial Set
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwss.html

Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/default.asp
State Charters and Constitutions
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/statech.asp

The Federalist Papers
http://thomas.loc.gov/home/histdox/fedpapers.html
The Founders' Constitution
http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders
Google Books
http://books.google.com/
Google Scholar
http://scholar.google.com/
Internet Archive
http://www.archive.org/details/texts
Religion and the Founding of the American Republic from the Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/
Library of Congress Historical Documents
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/help/constRedir.html



FIND YOUR CONGRESSMAN

Representatives
https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
Senators
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm


Citizenship Day and Constitution Week

About Constitution Week - What is the background of Constitution Day and Constitution Week? When did it start? Why is it celebrated?

Interactive Constitution Week Coloring Pages - Get out your interactive crayon to color these U.S. Constitution Day coloring pages. Pictures include the branches of government, balance of power, symbols of the United States, history of U.S. Flags, presidents and a study of the Revolutionary War.

Constitution Week Book Reviews - U.S. Constitution book descriptions and reviews for elementary and preschool reading.

Constitution Week Printables - Over 45 printable resources! U.S. Constitution worksheets and printables include word jumbles, word search puzzles and tools and printables to place vocabulary words in alphabetical order. You will also find activities for the Bill of Rights, including numerous cloze worksheets for the original Bill of Rights as well as other amendments.
U.S. Constitution - Transcript to the Constitution of the United States.

U.S. Bill of Rights - Transcript to the U.S. Bill of Rights.
Constitution Day Pinterest Board - Your favorite resources can be repinned to your own boards!
Related Thematic Units
American History - Revolutionary War era - study guides, articles, coloring pages and trivia information on founding fathers.
Presidents of the U.S. - Resources include coloring pages, maps, trivia and facts, political party lists, vice president information, cloze worksheets, word searches, word jumbles, vocabulary worksheets, interactive games, poetry, short stories and more!
Election Day
U.S. States - Activities include state maps, state quarters, state birds, state flowers, state flags and facts and trivia for each state in the Union. Vocabulary worksheets help with student research and classroom discussion.
History of U.S. Flags and Symbols of the United States
View the September 2012 Teaching Calendar
Many printables and teaching resources:


PRESIDENTS

United States of America history and government



PAPERS AND WRITINGS OF FOUNDING FATHERS

Benjamin Franklin Autobiography
http://www.earlyamerica.com/lives/franklin/
Benjamin Franklin Papers
http://franklinpapers.org/franklin/
Benjamin Rush Essays
http://deila.dickinson.edu/theirownwords/browseauthor.htm#qrs
George Washington Addresses and Proclamations
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/washpap.asp
George Washington Papers
lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/GW/gwhome.html
George Washington Writings
etext.virginia.edu/washington/fitzpatrick
James Madison Notes on Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 and Addresses
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/madispap.asp
James Madison Papers
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/madison_papers/
James Wilson Works
http://deila.dickinson.edu/theirownwords/title/0006.htm
John Adams Family Papers
http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/aea/
John Adams Papers and Addresses
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/adamspap.asp
John Dickinson Political Writings
http://deila.dickinson.edu/theirownwords/browseauthor.htm#def
John Jay Papers
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/digital/jay/
John Quincy Adams Diaries
http://www.masshist.org/jqadiaries/
Notes in the Federal Convention of 1787

Notes of Alexander Hamilton
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/const05.asp
Papers of James McHenry on the Federal Convention
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/mchenry.asp
Notes of Robert Yates
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/yates.asp
Notes of Rufus King
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/king.asp
Notes of William Patterson
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/patterson.asp
Notes of William Pierce
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/pierce.asp
Thomas Jefferson Papers
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/jefferson_papers/
Thomas Jefferson Works and Addresses
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/jeffpap.asp
Online Library Collections of Writings and Papers
Hathi Trust Digital Library
http://www.hathitrust.org/home
Alexander Hamilton Works
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/010026393
Benjamin Franklin Memoirs and Writings
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008585967
Charles Thomson Life
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000364039
Daniel Webster Private Correspondence
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000367355
Daniel Webster Works
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000323542
Daniel Webster Writings and Speechess
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000367341
DeWitt Clinton Memoir
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001262510
Elias Boudinot Life, Public Services, and Speeches
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000361838
George Clinton Papers
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/007667599
Gouverneur Morris Life
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000365873
James Kent Memoirs
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001624761
James Kent Commentaries on American Law
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008593272
John Hancock: His Book
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000365760
John Jay Life
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000366207
John Witherspoon Works
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008956076
John Quincy Adams Memoirs
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000405801
Noah Webster Bible
http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=wu.89088278999
Noah Webster History of the United States
http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=nyp.33433012118745
Noah Webster Letters to a Young Gentleman
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009727193
Noah Webster Papers
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/004962024
Patrick Henry Life
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008730250
Richard Henry Lee Letters
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000365830
Richard Henry Lee Memoir
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000643274
Samuel Adams Writings
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000365581
Thomas Jefferson Memoirs
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000365332
Thomas Jefferson Writings
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/006664320

Internet Archive
http://archive.org/details/texts
Charles Carroll of Carrollton Life
Vol. I
http://www.archive.org/details/lifecharlescarr02rowlgoog
Vol. II
http://www.archive.org/details/lifecharlescarr03rowlgoog
Elbridge Gerry Life
Vol. I
http://archive.org/details/lifeelbridgeger01austgoog
Vol. II
http://archive.org/details/lifeelbridgeger03austgoog
Fisher Ames Works
http://archive.org/details/worksfisherames00amesrich
George Mason Life
Vol. I
http://www.archive.org/details/lifegeorgemason02rowlgoog
Vol. II
http://www.archive.org/details/lifegeorgemason00rowlgoog
James Wilson and Thomas McKean Constitution Commentaries
http://www.archive.org/details/commentariesonc00mckegoog
Joseph Story Commentaries on the Constitution
Vol. I
http://www.archive.org/details/commentariesonc16storgoog
Vol. II
http://www.archive.org/details/commentariesonc20storgoog
Vol. III
http://www.archive.org/details/commentariesonc18storgoog
Patrick Henry Life
Vol. I
http://www.archive.org/details/patrickhenrylif00henrgoog
Vol. II
http://www.archive.org/details/pathenrylife02henrrich
Vol. III
http://www.archive.org/details/patrickhenrylif01henrgoog

Online Library of Liberty
http://oll.libertyfund.org/
Alexander Hamilton Works
http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Fperson=201&Itemid=28
Gouverneur Morris Diaries
http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Fperson=4011&Itemid=28
James Madison Writings
http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Ftitle=1933&Itemid=28
John Adams Works
http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Fperson=3791&Itemid=28
John Jay Correspondence and Public Papers
http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Fperson=3797&Itemid=28
Pamphlets on the Constitution
http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Fperson=4343&Itemid=28
Thomas Jefferson Works
http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Fperson=3777&Itemid=28
Thomas Paine Writings
http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Fperson=235&Itemid=28

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