We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

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The Ten Commandments

The Mayflower Compact, 1620

Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1623 (PDF)

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death, 1775 (PDF)

The Virginia Declaration of Rights, 1776

The Declaration of Independence, 1776

The American Crisis, 1776

The Articles of Confederation, 1781

The U.S. Constitution, 1787

The Bill of Rights, 1791

Constitutional Amendments #11-27, 1795-1992

George Washington's Farewell Address, 1796

Emancipation Proclamation, 1862

The Gettysburg Address, 1863 (PDF)

The Pledge of Allegiance, 1945

I Have a Dream, 1963

Tear Down this Wall, 1987

The American's Creed

“I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people, by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.” ~Written by William Tyler Page in 1917, adopted by the US House of Representatives in 1918.

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