Great American Documents

E pluribus unum: “Out of many, one”

Welcome

To understand the history of the United States, it is important to go back to primary source material. This website presents the full wordage from many of the documents and speeches that shaped American history along with world history. They provide an essential starting point for students, teachers, and citizens to think more deeply about what it means to be an American. You will also find a wide variety of related videos, images, and historical facts.

Enjoy them and be inspired!

JFK: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”Read More

Most Viewed Documents

Burning of Stamp Act, Boston illustration.

“The members of this Congress, sincerely devoted, with the warmest sentiments of affection”…

#1 Resolutions of the Stamp Act

Our Roll of Honor broadside.

“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one portion of the family”…

#2 Declaration of Sentiments

Declaration of Independence painting by John Trumbull.

“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the”…

#3 Declaration of Independence

Most Viewed Speeches

Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent”…

#1 Gettysburg Address

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Stanton: “We have met here today to discuss our rights and wrongs, civil and political”…

#2 Seneca Falls Keynote Address

Lyndon B. Johnson

LBJ: “I speak tonight for the dignity of man and the destiny of democracy”…

#3 Voting Rights Act Address

Stamp Act: “An act for granting and applying certain stamp duties, and other duties, in the British colonies”…Read More

About

Hello: Thank you for visiting my Great American Documents website. I sincerely hope you find it both useful and inspiring. It has been in existance since July 2002, and I hope to expand it even further over the coming months and years.

New features just added are seven new documents (Magna Carta, Christopher Columbus Letter on the First Voyage, Maryland Toleration Act, Pennsylvania Charter of Privileges, Virginia Declaration of Rights, Petition from the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, and Louisiana Purchase), eight new speaches (from John Winthrop, James Monroe, Daniel Webster, Susan B. Anthony, Mario Cuomo, John McCain, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump), video content repesenting each document and speech, new images, and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section (which is still under construction).

I hope you also like to new design which better responds to small screen sizes.

I am an autistic adult who resides in Bakersfield, California. I created this site for enjoyment and because of a strong interest in American history. I have studied the subject my entire life, along with the subjects of science, astronomy, space exploration, and current affairs.

To support my independence, which can be difficult with autism, I sell unique databases through my little online company Peacock Data. My best known database is pdNickname.

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