America is the first country founded on the idea that a people can govern themselves. This section offers the documents and writings that have described our nation's philosophy.

Toward A Revolution

The Albany Plan of Union [1754]

The Sugar Act [1764]

The Currency Act [1764]

The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved [1764]

The New York Petition to the House of Commons [1764]

The Stamp Act [1765]

The Quartering Act [1765] target="new_window"

The Objections to the Taxation of our American Colonies by the Legislature of Great Britain, briefly consider'd. [1765]

Resolves of the Pennsylvania Assembly on the Stamp Act [1765]

Resolutions of the Stamp Act [1765]

Answer of the Massachusetts Assembly to Governor Bernard [1765]

Declaration of Rights [1765]

The Declaratory Act [1766]

The Townshend Act [1767]

Account of the Boston Massacre - Anonymous [1770]

Account of the Boston Massacre by Captain Thomas Preston [1770]

Boston Massacre Oration - Dr. Joseph Warren [1772]

The Rights of the Colonists [1772]

The Tea Act [1773]

Boston Tea Party - Eyewitness Account by a Participant [1773]

Boston Massacre Oration - John Hancock [1774]

The Boston Port Act [1774]

The Massachusetts Government Act [1774]

The Administration of Justice Act [1774]

The Quartering Act [1774]

The Quebec Act [1774]

The American Revolution

The Suffolk Resolves [1774]

A Plan for the Union of Great Britain and the Colonies [1774]

Declaration of Rights [1774]

William Pitt's Speech on the Stamp Act [1775]

Boston Massacre Oration - Dr. Joseph Warren [1775]

Edmund Burke's Speech on Conciliation with America [1775]

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death - Patrick Henry [1775]

Paul Revere's Account of His Midnight Ride to Lexington [1775]

The Charlotte Town Resolves [1775]

Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms [1775]

A Proclamation, by The King, for Suppressing Rebellion and Sedition [1775]

The Olive Branch Petition [1775]

Common Sense - Thomas Paine [1776]

The True Interest of America Impartially Stated [1776]

The Virginia Declaration of Rights [1776]

The Constitution of Virginia [1776]

The Declaration of Independence [1776]

The Articles of Confederation [submitted 1776 - passed 1778 - ratified 1781]

Concord Town Meeting Resolution [1776]

Draft for a Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom [1779]

The American Crisis - Thomas Paine [1780]

Articles of Capitulation [1781]

The Paris Peace Treaty [1783]