A page to find source documents on the American Revolution and the founding of the United States of America 1750's-1800.
Benjamin Franklin's 1753 Poor Richard's Almanack
The American Revolution timeline
Experience the history of the Declaration of Independence
Jefferson's "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence
John Adams Thoughts on Government 1776
Thomas Paine's Common Sense 1776
Thomas Paine's American Crisis 1 1776
The Articles of Confederation The first constitution of the United States, drafted on November 15, 1777. However, ratification of the Articles of Confederation by all thirteen states did not occur until March 1, 1781. This Government won the revolution but could not win the peace.
Great Seal of the United States of America (3 MB pdf)
Speech of Benjamin Franklin Constitutional Convention 1787
US Constitution | Text 1787
Abraham Lincoln's Philadelphia - Inaugural Journey 1861
Lincoln's Philadelphia Stop - Includes video from the event!