The Constitution, Declaration of Independence and More
- Articles of Confederation - This important document served as the United States' first constitution. Look at this document up close.
- Articles of Confederation - Ben's Guide - The first system of government created was known as the Articles of Confederation and was adopted by Congress on November 15, 1777.
- Bill of Rights - Charters of Freedom - Examine the original Bill of Rights.
- Constitution - Read the transcript and download high-resolution images.
- Declaration of Independence - View the Declaration up close, read the transcript, or download high-resolution images.
- Emancipation Proclamation - President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862. It stated that all slaves in the Confederate states were free.
- Gettysburg Address - Presiden Abraham Lincoln's short address is one of the most eloquent speeches in American History; explore this interactive document.
- Gettysburg Address - Library of Congress - Read a transcript of this famous speech and view the only known photo of Lincoln at Gettysburg.