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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.

An Awful Trust … and Final Accounting – Edmund Burke

THEY WERE BELIEVERS, EDMUND BURKE All persons possessing any portion of power ought to be strongly and awfully impressed with an idea that they act...

George Washington: My Fervent Supplications to That Almighty Being

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL It was April 30, 1789. President George Washington, the Father of Our Country, the man who led our armies to...

John Adams: Why We Must Insure Free, Fair, Virtuous, and Independent Elections

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL In the midst of these pleasing ideas we should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of...

Jefferson: Silence False Information by Reason Not by Force

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL I am ... for freedom of the press, and against all violations of the Constitution to silence by force and...

Common Sense, by Thomas Paine

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, 1776 INTRODUCTION Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour; a long habit...

Concluding Remarks, Joseph Story’s Commentaries on the Constitution

Founders Corner Library Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, by Joseph Story, 1833 Volume 3, Chapter 45,  CONCLUDING REMARKS Sec. 1903. We have now reviewed all...

Amendments to the Constitution – Joseph Story

Founders Corner Library Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, by Joseph Story, 1833 Volume 3, Chapter 44,  AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION Sec. 1851. We have...

Oaths of Office—Religious Test—Ratification of Constitution—Joseph Story

Founders Corner Library Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, by Joseph Story, 1833 Volume 3, Chapter 43,  OATHS OF OFFICE – RELIGIOUS TEST –...

Public Debts: Supremacy of Constitution and Laws—Joseph Story

Founders Corner Library Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, by Joseph Story, 1833 Volume 3, Chapter 42,  PUBLIC DEBTS: SUPREMACY OF CONSTITUTION AND LAWS Sec....

Guaranty of Republican Government – Mode of Making Amendments — Joseph Story

Founders Corner Library Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, by Joseph Story, 1833 Volume 3, Chapter 41,  GUARANTY OF REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT - MODE OF...

Privileges of Citizens – Fugitives – Slaves — by Joseph Story

Founders Corner Library Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, by Joseph Story, 1833 Volume 3, Chapter 40,  PRIVILEGES OF CITIZENS - FUGITIVES - SLAVES Sec....

Definition and Evidence of Treason — Joseph Story

Founders Corner Library Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, by Joseph Story, 1833 Volume 3, Chapter 39,  DEFINITION AND EVIDENCE OF TREASON Sec. 1790. THE...

Judiciary: Organization and Powers — Joseph Story

Founders Corner Library Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, by Joseph Story, 1833 Volume 3, Chapter 38,  JUDICIARY - ORGANIZATION AND POWERS Sec. 1567. THE...

Webster’s American Education—§ 2—Attention to the Dead Languages

American Thought Noah Webster, shortly after the end of the Revolutionary War, publishes an essay in his American Magazine outlining his reasons and methods for revising...

Webster’s American Education—§ 1—General Remarks

American Thought Noah Webster, shortly after the end of the Revolutionary War, publishes an essay in his American Magazine outlining his reasons and methods for...

The Constitution—Fabius Letter 9

Observations on the Proposed Constitution. John Dickinson, in a series of letters published in the Delaware Gazette under the signature of Fabius, offers support for the new constitution...

The Constitution—Fabius Letter 8

Observations on the Proposed Constitution. John Dickinson, in a series of letters published in the Delaware Gazette under the signature of Fabius, offers support for the new constitution...

The Constitution—Fabius Letter 7

Observations on the Proposed Constitution. John Dickinson, in a series of letters published in the Delaware Gazette under the signature of Fabius, offers support for the new constitution...

The Constitution—Fabius Letter 6

Observations on the Proposed Constitution. John Dickinson, in a series of letters published in the Delaware Gazette under the signature of Fabius, offers support for the new constitution...

Colonization of New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut

HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, BY GEORGE BANCROFT Volume I, Chapter 16: Colonization of New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut RHODE ISLAND was the offspring of...