Source Documents

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Foundational

1776 – New Hampshire Constitution of January 5th followed by regular text

1776 – The Unanimous Declaration of Independence

1784 – New Hampshire Constitution – Certified

1777 – Articles of Confederation

1789 – Constitution for the United States of America

1815 – NH Senate Journal

1817 –New Hampshire Constitution as amended

1871 – District of Columbia or Organic Act of 1871

1783 – The Paris Peace Treaty

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 the following is from

https://web.archive.org/web/20160826231022/http://www.constitutionalconcepts.org/concepts.htm

Index to America’s Historical Documents

Early History

The Holy Bible
The Code of Hammurabi – 18th Century BC
The Ten Commandments – 1555 BC

Exploration of America

Magna Carta – May 28, 1215
Privileges and Prerogatives Granted to Columbus – April 30, 1492
Papal Bull – Inter Caetera – May 4, 1493
Treaty of Tordesillas – June 7, 1494
Christopher Columbus – letter to the King and Queen of Spain – Undated, probably 1494
Letters Patent to John Cabot – March 5, 1496
Amerigo Vespucci – Letter to Pier Soderini, Gonfalonier of the Republic of Florence – 1497
King Ferdinand – Letter to the Taino/Arawak Indians – around 1500
The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations – around 1500

Settlement of America

Charter to Sir Walter Raliegh – March 25, 1584
Instructions for the Virginia Colony – 1606
First Charter of Virginia – April 10, 1606
Second Charter of Virginia – May 23, 16109
Third Charter of Virginia – March 12, 1612
Layden Agreement – 1618
Mayflower Compact – November 11, 1620
The Charter of New England – 1620
An Ordinance and Constitution of the Virgina Company in England – 24 July 1621
First Charter of Massachusetts Bay – 1629
Petition of Right – 1628
Extract from Charter of Freedoms and Exemptions to Patroons – June 7, 1629
The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut – January 14, 1639
Plantation Agreement at Providence August 27 – September 6, 1640
New England Articles of Confederation – 1643
On Liberty – by John Winthrop – 1645
The Maryland Toleration Act – 1649
Bacon’s Declaration in the Name of the People
Governor William Berkely on Bacon’s Rebellion – 19 May 1676
The First Thanksgiving Proclamation – June 20, 1676
Edward Randolph – condemns the Massachussetts Bay Company before the Lords of Trade
John Locke – A Letter Concerning Toleration -1689
English Bill of Rights – 1689
John Locke – An Essay concerning the true original, extent and end of civil Government – 1690
Penn’s Plan of Union – 1697
Pennsylvania Charter of Privileges, 28 October 1701
The Act of Settlement – 1701
The Act of Union – 1707
Robert Beverley on Bacon’s Rebellion The North Carolina Biennal Act – 1715
Benjamin Franklin – A Modest Enquiry into the Nature and Necessity of Paper Currency – 1729
Governor Gabriel Johnston’s request to repeal the North Carolina Biennal act, – 18 October 1736
Disposition of the North Carolina Biennal Act – 1737
Massachusetts House of Representatives on the Governor’s Salary – 11 september 1728

Revolutionary Period

Marquis de la Galissoniere – Memoir on the French Colonies in North America – December 1750
Petition: Reasons for making bar, as well as Pig or Sow-Iron in his Majesty’s Plantation – ca.1750
Reason against a general Prohibition of The Iron Manufacture in his Majesty’s Plantations – 1750
Albany Plan of Union
Governor Glen,The Role of the Indians in the Rivalry Between France, Spain, and England, 1761
Treaty of Paris 1763
Daniel Dulany – Considerations on the Propriety of Imposing Taxes
in the British Colonies, for the Purpose of rasing a Revenue, by Act of Parliament

Soame Jenyns – The Objections to the Taxation of our American Colonies by the Legislature of Great Britain, briefly considered.
Resolutions of the Stamp Act Congress – October 19, 1765
William Pitt’s speech on the Stamp Act
Captain Thomas Preston’s Account of the Boston Massacre – 13 march 1770
First Continental Congress – October 1774
Declaration and Resolves of the First Continental Congress – October 1774
The Articles of Association – October 20, 1774
The Charlotte Town Resolves – 1775
Daniel Leonard – Letters adressed to the Inhabitants of the Province of Massachusetts Bay – January 9, 1775
John Adams – Novanglus – February 6, 1775
Edmund Burke – Speech on conciliation with America, March 22, 1775
Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of taking up Arms – July 6,1775
The rough draft of the Declaration of Independence – 28 June, 1776
Declaration of Independence – 1776
Thomas Paine – Common Sense – 1776
Charles Inglis – The True Interest of America Impartially Stated – 1776
The Virginia Declaration of Rights – June 12, 1776
Thomas Jefferson – On Slavery
Thomas Jefferson – Draft For A Bill For Establishing Religious Freedom, 1779
Thomas Paine – American Crisis – 1780-83

The Nation is Established

Articles of the Confederation – 1781
The Paris Peace Treaty -Sept 3, 1783
Treaty with the Six Nations – 1784
James Madison – Memorial and Remonstrance -1785 – ca. 20 June 1785
The Annapolis Convention – 1786
Journal of the Federal Convention – James Madison – 1787
Volume 1
Volume 2
The Northwest Ordinance – July 13, 1787
Constitution for the United States of America – September 17, 1787
The Federalist Papers – October 27, 1787
Treaty with the Six Nations – Fort Hamar – January 9, 1789
James Madison – Proposed Amendments to the Constitution – June 8, 1789
Judiciary Act of 1789
Bill of Rights – 1791
Thomas Paine – The Rights of Man – 1791-1792
The Proclamation of Neutrality – 1793
The Jay Treaty – 1794
Thomas Paine – The age of Reason – 1794
Treaty of Greenville – 1795
The Canandaigua Treaty of 1794 – November 11, 1794
Treaty between the United States and the Oneida, Tuscorora and Stockbridge Indians living in the country of the Oneidas – December 2, 1794
Virginia Resolution – 1798
Kentucky Resolution – 1799
The Sedition Act – July 14, 1798
John Adams – Thoughts on Government
Treaty of Ghent – December 24, 1811
The Monroe Doctrine – 1823
The Book of Mormon – 1830
Treaty with the New York Indians – Buffalo Creek, New York – January 15, 1838
The Doctrine and Covenants – 1844
The Pearl of Great Price – 1844
The Seneca Falls Declaration – Elizabeth Cady Stanton – 1848
The Law – Frederic Bastiat – 1850
Theory of Common Law – 1852

A Nation at War

Constitution of the Confederate States of America – 1861
Abraham Lincoln – The Emancipation Proclamation – Issued September 22, 1862 – to be Effective – January 1, 1863
Abraham Lincoln – The Gettysburg Address – November 19, 1863
President Lincoln’s Amnesty Proclamation – December 8, 1863
Samuel Chase Letter to William Fessenden on Banking – 1863
President Johnson’s Amnesty Proclamation – May 29, 1865
The First Reconstruction Act – March 2, 1867
The Second Reconstruction Act – March 23, 1867
The Third Reconstruction Act – July 19, 1867

A Nation Once More

Navajo Treaty of 1868 – Fort Sumner, New Mexico, June 1, 1868
Blanche K. Bruce – Speech in the Senate – March 31, 1876
Common Law – Oliver Wendell Holmes – 1881
16th Amendment – Solicitor General’s Opininion Letter – February 15, 1913
Franklin Delano Roosevelt – Pearl Harbor Speech – December 8, 1941
Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston S. Churchill – The Atlantic Charter – August 14.1941
Georgia Resolution to Rescind the 14th and 15th Amendments – March 8, 1957
Documents on the Cuban Missile Crisis – Address by President Kennedy – October 22, 1962
Martin Luther King – “I have a dream” Speech – August, 28, 1963
George C. Wallace – The Civil Rights Movement: fraud, sham and hoax – July 4, 1964
Opinion of Judge Perez – 14th Amendment Unconstitutional
Congressman Rarick (LA) – Congressional Record – June 13, 1967
Decision of the Utah Supreme Court against the 14th Amendment – 1968
Ronald Reagan – Speech to the House of Commons – June 8, 1982

 

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