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Several documents are relevant to the history and character of the United States government. Each section is given in chronological order of publication or presentation.


Formation of the Government

  • The Declaration of Independence - the initial document that outlines the colonies' dissatisfaction with the rule of King George of England.
  • The Articles of Confederation - that establish the alliance between the original thirteen states.
  • The United States Constitution - that constructs the foundations of American government and remains the "highest law of the land".
  • The Bill of Rights - the first ten amendments to the Constitution that guarantee personal and societal rights and freedoms.

Political Theory

Notable American Documents

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