This handwritten congressional copy of the amendment that banned slavery is signed by President Lincoln and others.
The first charter, or constitution, adopted by the 13 states following the American Revolution.
The first ten Amendments to the Constitution form the Bill of Rights.
Role play two First Amendment scenarios and decide where you stand!
The Declaration of Independence was written in 1776 by Thomas Jefferson.
Enacted in 1862, this edition of the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln.
Learn more about the delegates of the Constitutional Convention with these Founding Fathers biographies.
The Magna Carta, or “Great Charter,” established the rule of law.
This document was an agreement drafted by the settlers of the first New England colony.
Explore how music has shaped Americans’ understanding of their history.
A perspective by Richard R. Beeman, professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania.
A perspective by Kim Lane Scheppele, professor of law, political science, and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.
A perspective by Akhil Reed Amar, professor of law at Yale University Law School, and Douglas W. Kmiec, dean of Catholic University Law School.
Learn all about voting rights throughout history in this online game.
Learn about how the Constitution and Bill of Rights protect the rights of musicians.
Read the full text of the U.S. Constitution.
A series of newspaper articles drafted by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, urging ratification of the new Constitution.
These three constitutional amendments abolished slavery and guaranteed equal protection of the laws and the right to vote.
Drafted by George Mason, this declaration of rights later became a model for other state constitutions and the Bill of Rights.
Take this quiz to discover which Founder you're most like!
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