Democracy in Brief
- Concise account of the intellectual origins, history, and basic values of democratic systems of government.
- The book examines topics such as rights and responsibilities of citizens, free and fair elections, the rule of law, the role of a written constitution, separation of powers, a free media, the role of parties and interest groups, military-civilian relations, and democratic culture.
Primary Documents in American History: The American Revolution and The New Nation, 1763-1815
- Images and descriptions of George Washington's Commission as Commander in Chief (1775),
- Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776), Articles of Confederation (1777),
- Treaty of Alliance with France (1778), Northwest Ordinance (1787),
- Washington's First Inaugural Address (1789),
- Judiciary Act of 1789 (1789), Jay's Treaty (1794), Alien and Sedition Acts (1798),
- Louisiana Purchase (1803), and more.
NARA's Founders Online
Core documents of U.S. democracy - including:
- Articles of Confederation
- The Bill of Rights
- A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873
- The Constitution of the United States of America
- The Constitution of the United States of America, Analysis and Interpretation
- The Declaration of Independence
- Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789
- Emancipation Proclamation
- The Federalist Papers
- The Gettysburg Address
Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy - Avalon Project at Yale Law School -- not only US stuff (has Code of Hammurabi and Communist Manifesto for example), includes the The Federalist Papers - searchable or click on number; state charters, etc.
100 Milestone Documents - highlight key events in U.S. history (1776-1965), each document includes an image, description and transcript. (NARA)