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Instructions for the Virginia Colony (1606)

Two Different European Perspectives on Tobacco

Mayflower Compact (1620)

John Winthrop's City Upon a Hill (1630)

John Winthrop on Arbitrary Government (1644)

Excerpts from Venture Smith's Narrative

Olaudah Equiano's Autobiography

George Hewes' Remembrance of the Boston Tea Party (1773)

Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776)

Candidus, Plain Truth (1776)

Alexander Hamilton, Federalist #15 (1788)

James Madison, Federalist #51 (1788)

Excerpts from the Virginia Ratifying Debates (1788)

The Bill of Rights (1791)

Hamilton Argues for the Constitutionality of a National Bank (1791)

Jefferson Argues Against the Constitutionality of a National Bank (1791)

Dolley Madison on the Burning of Washington (1814)

Sojourner Truth, "On Women's Rights" (1851)

Neal Dow on Temperance (1829)

John Quincy Adams, Inaugural Address (1825)

Daniel Webster, Second Reply to Hayne (1830)

Pres. Jackson's Nullification Proclamation (1832)

Rev. Richard Furman's Defense of Slavery (1838)

John O'Sullivan on Manifest Destiny (1839)

Texas Declaration of Independence (1836)

William Henry Seward, "Higher Law" Speech (1850)

John C. Calhoun, "Southern Address" (1850)

Excerpts from the Lincoln-Douglas Debates (1858)

South Carolina Declaration of Secession (1860)

Alexander Stephen's Cornerstone Address (1861)

Abraham Lincoln, "First Inaugural Address" (1861)

Sullivan Ballou's Letter (1861)

Abraham Lincoln, "Emancipation  Proclamation" (1863)

Report of Col. Berens on the New York Draft Riots (1863)

Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address (1863)

Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address (1865)

Petition of Colored Citizens, Alexandria, VA (1865)

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