Pre-Colonial Era / 1601-1649 / 1650-1700 / 1701-1774 / 1775-1800
1801-1824 / 1825-1849/ 1850-1874 / 1875-1900 / 1901-1924 / 1925-1949 1950-1974 / 1975-2000 / 2001-Present

 

Pre-Colonial

The Magna Carta (1215)


Letter from Christopher Columbus to the King & Queen of Spain (1490's)


The Iroquois Constitution

 

17th Century


   1601-1649

 
The First Virginia Charter
 
The Second Virginia Charter
  
The Third Virginia Charter

  
The Mayflower Compact (1620)

 
The Charter of Massachusetts Bay (1629)

 
The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut (1639)
 

  1650-1700


The Connecticut Colony Charter (1662)


The First Thanksgiving Proclamation (1676)

 

18th Century


   1701-1774


The Albany Plan of 1754


The Resolutions of the Stamp Act (Oct. 19, 1765)
 

  1775-1800

 
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death by Patrick Henry (1775)


The Declaration of Arms (July 6, 1775)


Yankee Doodle


The Virginia Declaration of Rights (June 12, 1776)


The Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776)

The Articles of Confederation (Nov. 15, 1777)

The Treaty of Paris (1783)


The Federalist Papers


The Memorial and Remonstrance (June 20, 1785)


The Annapolis Convention (Sept. 14, 1786)


Letter of Transmittal of the U.S. Constitution (1787)


The Constitution of the United States. (1787)


The Northwest Ordinance (July 13, 1787)

               
First Inaugural Address of President George Washington


The First State of the Union Address (Jan. 8, 1790)


Second Inaugural Address of President George Washington


The Proclamation of Neutrality (April 22, 1793)


The Fugitive Slave Law of 1793


The Treaty of Greenville (1795)


Farewell Address of President George Washington (1796)

      
Inaugural Address of President John Adams (1797)


The Sedition Act (July 14, 1798)

 

19th Century


1801-1824


First Inaugural Address of President Thomas Jefferson (1801)


Second Inaugural Address of President Thomas Jefferson


The Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress


Thomas Jefferson Online Resources at Virginia


Information on Monticello


First Inaugural Address of President James Madison (1809)


Second Inaugural Address of President James Madison


The text of the Star Spangled Banner (Sept. 20, 1814)


First Inaugural Address of President James Monroe (1817)


Second Inaugural Address of President James Monroe (1821)


The Monroe Doctrine (Dec. 2, 1823)

1825-1849


Inaugural Address of President John Quincy Adams (1825)


First Inaugural Address of President Andrew Jackson (1829)


Second Inaugural Address of President Andrew Jackson


Inaugural Address of President Martin Van Buren (1837)


Ralph Waldo Emerson's Concord Hymn (July 4, 1837)


Inaugural Address of President William Henry Harrison


Inaugural Address of President James K. Polk (1845)


Inaugural Address of President Zachary Taylor (1849)

1850-1874


Inaugural Address of President Franklin Pierce (1853)


Inaugural Address of President James Buchanan (1857)


The Declaration of Causes of seceding states (Winter 1861)


First Inaugural Address of President Abraham Lincoln (1861)


The Constitution of the Confederate States of America (1861)


The Battle Hymn of the Republic


McClellan's Letter to President Lincoln (July 7, 1862)


The Gettysburg Address (Nov. 19, 1863)


The Emancipation Proclamation (1864)


Second Inaugural Address of President Abraham Lincoln


Photographic Time Line of the Civil War


Letters from an Iowa Soldier during the Civil War


The American Civil War


Civil War Generals


Appeal to Congress for Impartial Suffrage


First Inaugural Address of President Ulysses S. Grant (1869)


Second Inaugural Address of President Ulysses S. Grant

1875-1900


Inaugural Address of President Rutherford B. Hayes (1877)


Inaugural Address of President James Garfield (1881)


First Inaugural Address of President Grover Cleveland (1885)


Inaugural Address of President Benjamin Harrison (1889)


Second Inaugural Address of President Grover Cleveland


First Inaugural Address of President William McKinley (1897)

 

20th Century


1901-1924


Second Inaugural Address of President William McKinley


Inaugural Address of President Theodore Roosevelt (1905)


Inaugural Address of President William H. Taft (1909)


First Inaugural Address of President Woodrow Wilson (1913)


Second Inaugural Address of President Woodrow Wilson


The Espionage Act of 1918


Inaugural Address of President Warren G. Harding (1921)

1925-1949


Inaugural Address of President Calvin Coolidge (1925)


Inaugural Address of President Herbert Hoover (1929)


First Inaugural Address of President Franklin D. Roosevelt


Second Inaugural Address of President Franklin D. Roosevel
t


The Neutrality Act 1939


Third Inaugural Address of President Franklin D. Roosevelt


The Atlantic Charter (Aug. 14, 1941)


Roosevelt's Infamy Speech (Dec. 8, 1941)


The Declaration of War on Japan (Dec. 8, 1941)


The Declaration of War on Germany (Dec. 11, 1941)


Fourth Inaugural Address of President Franklin D. Roosevelt


The German Surrender Documents of World War II (1945)


Selected Manhattan Project documents (1945)


The Japanese Surrender Documents of World War II (1945)


The Truman Doctrine (Mar. 12, 1947)


Inaugural Address of President Harry S. Truman (1949)


The North Atlantic Treaty (Apr. 4, 1949)

1950-1974


First Inaugural Address of President Dwight D. Eisenhower


Second Inaugural Address of President Dwight D. Eisenhower


Admission of States and Territorial Acquisition Map


Inaugural Address of President John F. Kennedy (1961)


Martin Luther King Jr's I Have A Dream Speech (1963)


Inaugural Address of President Lyndon B. Johnson (1965)


State Department White Paper on Vietnam (Feb. 27, 1965)


Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (1968)


First Inaugural Address of President Richard M. Nixon (1969)


Second Inaugural Address of President Richard M. Nixon


The War Powers Resolution (Nov. 7, 1973)

1975-2000


Inaugural Address of President Jimmy Carter (1977)


First Inaugural Address of President Ronald Reagan (1981)


Second Inaugural Address of President Ronald Reagan (1985)


Inaugural Address of President George H. W. Bush (1989)


The Civil Rights Act of 1991


First Inaugural Address of President William J. Clinton (1993)


President Clinton's 1996 State of the Union Address


Second Inaugural Address of President William J. Clinton


President Clinton's 1997 State of the Union Addresses

President Clinton's 1998 State of the Union Addresses

 

21st Century


2001-Present


First Inaugural Address of President George W. Bush (2001)


Address of President Bush to Nation (11 September, 2001)


President Bush's Remarks at National Day of Prayer and Remembrance (14 September, 2001)


Address of President Bush to a Joint Session of Congress and the Nation regarding the events of September 11, 2001


Address of President Bush on the start of strikes against Al Qaeda and the Taliban (7 October, 2001)


President George W. Bush's 2002 State of the Union Address


President George W. Bush's 2003 State of the Union Address


President George W. Bush's 2004 State of the Union Address

Second Inaugural Address of President George W. Bush (2001)
  
President George W. Bush's 2005 State of the Union Address

 

    

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