Historical Documents


The Declaration of Independence (1776): Full Text, Background, and Image
The Articles of Confederation (1777): Full Text, Background and Image
The Constitution of the United States (1787): Full Text and Image
The Federalist Papers (Hamilton, Jay and Madison—1787-1789): Full Text and Summary
The Anti-Federalist Papers (Letters of Brutus—1787-1788): Full Text and Summary
Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857): Full Text and Summary
The Emancipation Proclamation (1863): Full Text and Commentary
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (1863): Full Text Versions and Commentary
Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address (1865):Full Text and Commentary
13th Amendment (1865): Full Text and Background
Plessy v. Ferguson (1896): Full Text and Summary
President Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points Speech (1918): Full Text and Commentary
19th Amendment (1920): Full Text and Commentary
FDR's Commonwealth Club Address (1932): Full Text and Analysis
Social Security Act (1935): Full Text and Background
FDR's State of the Union Address (1944): Full Text and Commentary
United Nations Charter (1945): Full Text and Electronic Resource Guide
George Kennan's Long Telegram (1946): Full Text and Analysis
The Marshall Act Speech (1947): Full Text and Recording and Background
Brown v. Board of Education (1954-1955): Full Text 1954 and 1955, and Background
Eisenhower's Farewell Address to the Nation (1961): Full Text and Video
MLK's "I Have a Dream" Speech (1963): Full Text and Analysis
The Civil Rights Act (1964): Full Text and History
New York Times Company v. Sullivan (1964): Full Text and Summary
The Voting Rights Act (1965): Full Text and History
Loving v. Virginia (1967): Full Text and Summary
Roe v. Wade (1973): Full Text and Background
Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment (1974): Full Text and Background
United States v. Nixon (1974): Full Text and Summary
Bush v. Gore (2000): Full Text, Summary and Background
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010): Full Text, Summary and Commentary
Shelby County v. Holder (2013): Full Text and Summary and Background
Obergefell v. Hodges (2015): Full Text, Summary and Commentary
Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election (2018): Full Text and Summaries


The Origins of The Magna Carta
The Passing of The Declaration of Independence
The Signing of the Declaration of Independence
A Reading of The Declaration of Independence
The Constitutional Convention (Part 5 of the CrashCourse US Govt & Politics series.)
Frederick Douglass: “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” and Full Text
Charlie Chaplin's Great Dictator Speech
President John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address
John F. Kennedy's speech in Berlin
Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" Speech
President Lyndon Johnson - Speech on Voting Rights
Martin Luther King's Last Speech: "I've Been To The Mountaintop"
Robert F Kennedy Announcing The Death Of Martin Luther King
Richard Nixon's Resignation Speech
President Reagan's Challenger Disaster Speech
President Reagan - "Tear Down This Wall"
George H W Bush Announces War Against Iraq
Bill Clinton's 2000 State of the Union Speech
Al Gore concedes presidential election of 2000
George W. Bush - 9/11 Bullhorn Speech
2004 Barack Obama Keynote Speech and Commentary
Obama Victory Speech 2008