Historic U.S. Documents: The Charters of Freedom
NARA Teams With Google to Offer Historic Films Online
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has announced an exiting program to make its collection of historic movies, documentaries and other films available to the public via Google Video.
Constitution -- Text
Democracy in four pages. The full text of the United States Constitution plus amendments, from your About.com Guide.
The Articles of Confederation
With its ratification by Maryland on March 1, 1787, the Articles of Confederation served as the young nation's constitution until June 21, 1788, when New Hampshire ratified the current U.S. Constitution.
Bill of Rights -- Text
The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, from your About Guide.
The 85 Federalist Papers were written between October 1787 and May 1788 by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. Through publishing them, the authors hoped to both explain the new Constitution to the people of America and to garner their support for it.
Declaration of Independence -- Text
"In Congress, July 4, 1776" Complete text and signatures, provided by your About.com Guide.
Emancipation Proclamation -- Text
While it did not immediately free a single slave, it allowed blacks to fight for liberty. The complete text provided by your About.com Guide.
George Washington's Farewell Address
Washington says goodbye and offers advice to the people on how to go forward with freedom. Complete text of the 1796 address. Provided by your About.com Guide.
Gettysburg Address - Complete Text
Considered one of the most moving speeches ever delivered, here is the complete text of Lincoln's 1863 masterpiece. Provided by your About.com Guide.
Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Address
Delivered March 4, 1865, many consider this Lincoln's greatest public speech.
Pledge of Allegiance
The Pledge of Allegiance has been recited in three different ways since the original 1892 version. Read the Pledge and its interesting history.
The Clinton White House Web Site
If ever a Web site were worthy of a "virtual" historical marker, it is the Clinton White House site. Now, the National Archives has preserved the Clinton site as a resource that will serve students, educators and all Americans for generations to come.
Constitution -- Q & A
Dozens of interesting questions about the Constitution answered by NARA.