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Comprehensive online library of major works, essays, letters, speeches, quotes from America's Founding Fathers; also key documents; and histories contemporary to the Founding Era, along with works, speeches, etc., from thinkers and statesmen who influenced the Founders or were influenced by them.

Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1786 Democratical Republics: Switzerland, Appenzel SWITZERLAND My dear Sir, IT is commonly said, that some of the cantons of Switzerland are democratical, and others aristocratical: and if these epithets are understood only to mean, that one of these powers prevails in some of those republics, and the other in...
James Madison's Notes for 09/01/1787. Debate mostly focused on treaty making powers of the President and Senate
LIBERTY LETTERS, JOHN HANCOCK Let us play the man for our GOD, and for the cities of our GOD...By a faithful discharge of our duty to our country, let us joyfully leave her important concerns in the hands of HIM who raiseth up and putteth down empires and kingdoms of...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP ... the greatest good we can do our country is to heal it’s party divisions & make them one people. I do not speak of their leaders who are incurables, but of the honest & well-intentioned body of the people. I consider the pure federalist as...
American Minute with Bill Federer Storms blew the Pilgrims too far north to be under Jamestown's government, so they created their own - the Mayflower Compact. It was the first constitution written in America. It began: In ye name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, the loyall subjects of...
Most significant discussion of the day centered on the need for conventions to ratify the Constitution. Why? So authority rested on the people not the states.
FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS (1765-1769) Based on the first edition, together with the most material corrections and additions in the second edition. Translation of greek, latin, italian and french quotations (with some modifications) by J. W. Jones, Esq. (1823). Footnotes have been converted to chapter end notes. Spelling has...
Democratic Thinker, American Revolution The Old Continentals. Carmen Bellicosum. ————— IN their ragged regimentals Stood the old Continentals, Yielding not, When the grenadiers were lunging, And like hail fell the plunging Cannon shot; When the files Of the Isles, From the smoky night encampment bore the banner of the rampant Unicorn, And grummer, grummer, grummer, rolled the roll of the drummer, Through the morn! Then...
By Virginia Armstrong, Eagle Forum's Court Watch "The government of the United States has been emphatically termed a government of laws and not of men,"declared Chief Justice John Marshall. Contemporary constitutional scholar Raoul Berger rightly concludes, "The written Constitution was thus the highest expression of the 'rule of law' ....
Liberty Letters, George Bancroft: 1834 Men love liberty, even if it be turbulent, and the colony had increased, and flourished, and grown rich, in spite of domestic dissensions. Source: George Bancroft, "History of the United States," Volume I, Chapter 10, Colonization of  Maryland.
FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: POLITICAL DOCUMENTS 1791 Amendment I Religious establishment prohibited, Freedom of religion, of speech, of the press, of assembly, and to petition. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right...
GERRY wished that in future the eligibility might be confined to Natives. Foreign powers will intermeddle in our affairs and spare no expense to influence them.
GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Among America’s amazing pantheon of founders, Patrick Henry stands out for his stirring speeches and fervent commitment to liberty, virtue, and small government. The Virginia planter, lawyer, and politician strongly denounced Great Britain’s political and economic control of the American colonies and...
We must act from strength to gain respect, not prestige. In this we must recognize that the affairs of nations are not determined by good-will tours, alms-giving, gestures of self-denial, rehabilitation projects, and discussion programs. The affairs of nations are determined -- for good or for evil -- by power. - Barry Goldwater
Questions and Comments on the Constitutional Provisions Regarding the Election of Congressmen The Federal Farmer The "Federal Farmer" comments on the election of Congressmen. . . . . It is well observed by Montesquieu, that in republican governments the forms of elections are fundamental; and that it is an essential part of...
Paul Revere—silversmith, engraver, and Son of Liberty—recounts his actions and those of other Sons of Liberty on the eve of the events at Lexington and Concord.
It is very rare indeed for men to be wrong in their feelings concerning public misconduct; as rare to be right in their speculation upon the cause of it. I have constantly observed, that the generality of people are fifty years, at least, behindhand in their politicks. There are...
LIBERTY ALERTS, LIBERTY COUNSEL Montgomery, AL – “Alabama probate judges have no discretion to violate the law of Alabama, the Constitution of Alabama, and the clearly expressed will of the People of Alabama,” Liberty Counsel said in a reply brief to the Alabama Supreme Court yesterday.  Since U.S. District Court...
HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS: WESTERN CIVILIZATION Magna Carta Libertatum (Medieval Latin for "the Great Charter of the Liberties"), commonly called Magna Carta (also Magna Charta; "(the) Great Charter") GRANTED JUNE 15, A.D., 1215. JOHN, by the Grace of God, King of England, Lord of Ireland, Duke of Normandy, Aquitaine, and Count of Anjou, to his Archbishops,...
AMERICANIST HISTORY & POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Volume 1, AUTHOR'S INTRODUCTION AMONG the novel objects that attracted my attention during my stay in the United States, nothing struck me more forcibly than the general equality of condition among the people. I readily discovered the prodigious influence that...