Core American Documents: The American Founding

ByJeremy Gypton
On July 4, 2018

The American Founding, which took place from 1776-1791, is book-ended by the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

The first volume of the American History and Government Core Documents Collection – the American Founding – is now available on iTunes, Kindle, and PDFHard copies are also available for $10 each – email [email protected] if you would like a copy. You can also buy it on Amazon!

Each Core American Documents volume will contain the following:

    • Key documents on the period, theme, or institution, selected by an expert and reviewed by an editorial board
    • An introduction highlighting key documents and themes
    • A thematic table of contents, showing the connections between various documents
    • Study questions for each document, as well as questions that refer to other documents in the collection
    • Notes on each document to identify people, events, movements, or ideas to improve understanding of the document’s historical context.

When complete, the series will be comprehensive and authoritative, and will present America’s story in the words of those who wrote it – America’s presidents, labor leaders, farmers, philosophers, industrialists, politicians, workers, explorers, religious leaders, judges, soldiers; its slaveholders and abolitionists; its expansionists and isolationists; its reformers and stand-patters; its strict and broad constructionists; its hard-eyed realists and visionary utopians – all united in their commitment to equality and liberty, yet so often divided by their different understandings of these most fundamental American ideas.

The documents are all about this – the still unfinished American experiment with self-government. There is no better place to begin to understand that experiment than with these documents from the American founding.


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