Founding the United States
Once the Revolutionary War was over, America's Founding Fathers had to develop a nation. Learn about the founding of American democracy, from the Articles of Confederation to the emergence of political parties.
The Declaration of Independence
Following a series of abuses from King George III, the thirteen American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain through this document.
The Bill of Rights
The first ten amendments of the United States Constitution grant a number of freedoms to the federal government, the states, and the public.
Thomas Jefferson on Shays' Rebellion
In this letter, Jefferson argues that rebellion is necessary for the preservation of democratic societies.
A Letter to Thomas Jefferson
This letter features the famous debate between Jefferson and Adams about core democratic principles.
Act for Establishing Religious Freedom
Jefferson makes the argument for religious freedom in the United States.
Washington's Farewell Address
President George Washington
In this letter written by Washington to the American people, the United States' first president explains his intent to decline a third term in office, leaving the nation with some final thoughts on unity, power, and freedom.
Issues with the Articles of Confederation
An enthusiastic narrator explains the Articles of Confederation: the first constitution of the original thirteen states of the United States.
The Founding of American Democracy
This informational text explains how America’s Founding Fathers created a government, described in the Constitution, for the newly independent United States.
The Revolutionary Rise of Abolitionists
The views and actions of Abolitionists evolved significantly from the time of the Revolutionary War to the Civil War.
The Declaration of America’s Immense Offense
This new Declaration of Independence isn’t so great, according to a loyal subject of Great Britain.
Articles of Confederation
The Continental Congress
The Articles of Confederation was an agreement between the original 13 states of the United States and preceded the Constitution.
This informational text discusses Alexander Hamilton’s life and contributions to the founding of the United States.
Excerpt from Democracy in America: Why Americans Are So Restless
Alexis de Tocqueville
Alexis de Tocqueville discusses the effectiveness of America’s democratic system.
The Desperate Ride of Caesar Rodney
When it was time to vote on American colonies’ independence from England, delegate Caesar Rodney raced to Philadelphia to cast his vote.