Historical Documents

Supreme Court Decisions

Magna Carta
Mayflower Compact
Resolutions of the Stamp Act Congress
Declaration and Resolves
Declaration of Independence
Articles of Confederation
Thanksgiving Proclamation
United States Constitution
Amendments to the Constitution
Causes and Necessity of Their Taking Up Arms
Letter of Transmittal

Executive Orders

Proclamation of Neutrality George Washington
Emancipation Proclamation Abraham Lincoln
Affirmative Action Lyndon Johnson
Federalism Bill Clinton

War Messages

1812 War Message James Madison
1898 War Message William McKinley
1917 War Message (WWI) Woodrow Wilson
1941 Message (WWII) Franklin Roosevelt
FDR's Radio Address to the Nation

Statements of Military Action (Undeclared Wars)
Peace Without Conquest Lyndon Johnson
Serbia 1999 Bill Clinton

Foreign Policy Statements

The Monroe Doctrine James Monroe
First "Open Door" Note Sec. State John Hay
Fourteen Points Speech Woodrow Wilson
Four Freedoms Franklin D. Roosevelt
The Truman Doctrine Harry S. Truman

Inaugural Addresses


State of the Union Addresses

Public Laws & Resolutions

Declaration of War (WWII)
The War Powers Resolution
Line Item Veto

Political Essays & Speeches

The War Inevitable Patrick Henry
Boston Massacre Oration John Hancock
Disapproving and Accepting the Constitution Benjamin Franklin
Farewell Address George Washington
Monsters to Destroy John Q. Adams
The Great Nation of Futurity John L. O'Sullivan
Address before the Springfield Washington Temperance Society Abraham Lincoln
What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? Frederick Douglass
Cooper Institute Address Abraham Lincoln
A Plea for Free Speech in Boston Frederick Douglass
Gettysburg Address Abraham Lincoln
The Altruist in Politics Benjamin Cardozo
Congressional Record on Expansion Senator Albert J. Beveridge
I Have a Dream Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Challenger Disaster Ronald Reagan
Senate Floor Speech Sen. Joseph Lieberman regarding the "Ongoing Investigation of President Clinton"
Not Yours To Give Col. David Crockett

Marbury v. Madison 1803
McCulloch v. Maryland 1819
Dred Scott v. Sandford 1856
Reynolds v. U.S. 1878
Sparf & Hansen v. U.S. 1895
Plessy v. Ferguson 1896
Schenck v. U.S. 1919
Grovey v. Townsend 1935
West Virginia v. Barnette 1943
U.S. v. Lovett 1946
Brown v. Board of Education 1954
Brown II 1955
Engel v. Vitale 1962
Gideon v. Wainwright 1963
New York Times Co. v. Sullivan 1964
Griswold v. Connecticut 1965
Miranda v. Arizona 1966
U.S. v. O'Brien 1968
Tinker v. Des Moines 1969
Lemon v. Kurtzman 1971
New York Times v. United States 1971
Branzburg v. Hayes 1972
Perry v. Sindermann 1972
Roe v. Wade 1973
Roe v. Wade: Dissent, Rehnquist
Buckley v. Valeo 1976
Mt. Healthy City Board of Ed. v. Doyle 1977
Board of Regents v. Bakke 1978
Crawford v. Los Angeles Board of Education 1982
Employment Division v. Smith 1988
U.S. v. Lopez 1995
Agostini v. Felton 1997

Federal Court Rulings & Findings

Treaties, Pacts & Agreements

Constitutions of Other Nations

Oaths, Poems & Songs

Pledge of Allegiance
Star Spangled Banner
O Captain! My Captain Walt Whitman
America the Beautiful
My Country, 'Tis of Thee


The Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 Notes by James Madison
Federalist Papers Jay, Hamilton & Madison
AntiFederalist Papers
Second Treatise of Civil Government John Locke (1690)
Abraham Lincoln James Russell Lowell
Common Sense Thomas Paine