Founding Documents of America: Documents Decoded

Editor/Author Vile, John R.
Publication Year: 2015
Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 978-1-44-083928-3
Category: History - United States -- History
Image Count: 3
Book Status: Pending
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Founding Documents of America presents historic documents key to the foundations of our nation's government accompanied by introductions that supply background information and analysis that highlights key provisions and provide historical context. The coverage extends beyond the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights to provide contextual understanding of a wide range of other documents, such as private diary entries and political polemics, that will further readers' understanding of the United States' founding and early political development.

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  • Introduction
  • The Law of the Land: Magna Carta 1215
  • Against Common Right and Reason: Sir Edward Coke's Dr. Bonham's Case 1610
  • A Civill Body Politick: The Mayflower Compact 1620
  • No Man Be Compelled: The Petition of Right 1628
  • “A Model of Christian Charity,”: John Winthrop's Sermon 1630
  • An Orderly and Decent Government: Fundamental Orders of Connecticut 1639
  • The Free Fruition of Such Liberties: Massachusetts Body of Liberties 1641
  • The Peace, Safety, and Public Good of the People: John Locke's Second Treatise of Government 1689
  • The Rights and Liberties of the Subject: English Bill of Rights 1689
  • There Is No Such Thing as Slavery: Samuel Sewall's The Selling of Joseph: A Memorial 1701
  • Liberty of Conscience: Charter of Privileges Granted to the Inhabitants of Pennsylvania and Territories October 28, 1701
  • Proclaim Liberty: Liberty Bell Inscription 1751
  • Join, or Die: Benjamin Franklin's Sketch May 9, 1754
  • Mutual Defence and Security: The Albany Plan of Union July 10, 1754
  • Life, Liberty, and Property: Declaration and Resolves of the First Continental Congress October 14, 1774
  • So Void of Common Sense: Washington Forbids Soldiers from Celebrating Guy Fawkes Day November 5, 1775
  • ’Tis Time to Part: Thomas Paine's Common Sense 1776
  • Remember the Ladies: Abigail and John Adams, Correspondence on Women's Issues March–August 1776
  • Adopt Such Government: Resolution of Second Continental Congress May 10, 1776
  • Absolved from All Allegiance: Richard Henry Lee's Resolutions June 7, 1776
  • The Basis and Foundation of Government: The Virginia Declaration of Rights Ratified on June 12, 1776
  • We Hold These Truths: The Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776
  • The Natural Rights of Mankind: A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom Introduced June 18, 1779; adopted 1786
  • Mutual Friendship and Intercourse: Articles of Confederation Written in 1776; adopted in 1781
  • E Pluribus Unum: Great Seal of the United States 1782
  • The Interest of the Community: George Washington's Circular to the States June 8, 1783
  • A Firm and Perpetual Peace: Treaty of Paris September 3, 1783
  • An Affectionate Farewell: George Washington's Address on Resigning His Commission December 23, 1783
  • No Powers but What Were Given: Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia 1785
  • The Sole and Exclusive Right: Congressional Proposal for Revising the Articles of Confederation August 7, 1786
  • Defects in the System: Annapolis Convention Resolution 1786
  • As a Mean to Remedy: Congressional Endorsement of Annapolis Convention Resolution February 21, 1787
  • An Aggregate View: James Madison Discusses Vices of the Political System of the United States April 1787
  • A House to Do Business: Rules for the Constitutional Convention May 28, 1787
  • The Infancy of the Science of Constitutions: The Virginia Plan May 29, 1787
  • Adequate to the Exigencies of Government: The New Jersey Plan June 15, 1787
  • Blessings on Our Deliberations: Debates over State Representation Lead to a Call for Prayer June 28, 1787
  • Articles of Compact: Northwest Ordinance July 13, 1787
  • This Infernal Trafic: Debates at the Convention over Slavery August 1787
  • Experience Must Be Our Only Guide: John Dickinson Emphasizes the Need for Experience in Governing August 13, 1787
  • Cabal and Corruption: Debates over the Presidency September 4, 1787
  • Make Manifest Our Unanimity: Benjamin Franklin's Final Speech at the Constitutional Convention September 17, 1787
  • We the People: The Constitution of the United States 1787
  • The Consolidation of Our Union: George Washington Transmits the Constitution to Congress September 17, 1787
  • In Conformity to the Resolves: Resolution of Congress Submitting the Constitution to the Several States September 28, 1787
  • The Instrument of the Union: James Wilson Comments on Ratifying the Proposed Constitution October 6, 1787
  • Our Freedom We've Won: “The Grand Constitution” Song October 1787
  • The Destruction of Your Liberties: Brutus Issues His Anti-Federalist Essay 1787
  • The Mischiefs of Faction: Federalist Papers, No. 10 & No. 51 1787–1788
  • The Tyranny of Rulers: Patrick Henry's Speech at Virginia's Ratifying Convention June 5, 1788
  • The Great National Dome: The Federal Pillars 1788
  • Ratification and the Bill of Rights: Letters between Madison and Jefferson 1787–1789
  • Summoned by My Country: George Washington's Inaugural Address April 30, 1789
  • To Administer Justice: Judiciary Act of 1789 September 24, 1789
  • To Bigotry No Sanction: Correspondence between Moses Seixas and President George Washington 1790
  • Amendments to the Constitution: The Bill of Rights Proposed by Congress in 1789; ratified in 1791
  • Timeline of Events
  • Further Reading
  • About the Author