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The Mayflower Compact (1620)

The Pilgrims were a small group of religious separatists who sailed for the British colony of Virginia in September 1620. Along with a party of Merchant Adventurers, they arrived farther north at...
dread, sovereign, grace, faith, voyage, solemnly, presence, combine, civil, more...
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The Articles of Confederation (1777)

The Articles of Confederation was the first constitution of the United States. Created by the Continental Congress in 1777 it featured a loose confederation or union of sovereign states. In contrast...
delegate, affix, article, confederation, perpetual, sovereignty, independence, jurisdiction, congress, more...
96 words

The Monroe Doctrine (1823)

The Monroe Doctrine was a speech given by President James Monroe in December 1823. A doctrine is a rule or principle, so the title means Monroe?s principle. This principle states that the United...
proposal, imperial, minister, reside, transmit, amicable, negotiation, respective, accede, more...
61 words

Preamble to the U.S. Constitution

The U.S. Constitution is the highest law in the United States. It describes the structure of our government and how it works. The Preamble to the Constitution is an introduction which explains its...
perfect, establish, justice, insure, tranquility, promote, welfare, secure, liberty, more...
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Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" (1963)

In April 1963 Dr. King was arrested for leading a non-violent protest in Birmingham, Alabama. In a local newspaper a group of white clergymen criticized King. They acknowledged that injustices had...
confined, affiliated, apostle, gospel, cognizant, deplore, superficial, grapple, gainsay, more...
96 words

The Star Spangled Banner

During the War of 1812, British ships attacked Fort McHenry that stood in the harbor defending the city of Baltimore. An American prisoner named Francis Scott Key watched the battle from the deck of...
hail, gleaming, broad, perilous, rampart, gallantly, spangle, banner, foe, more...
25 words

Miranda v. Arizona (Miranda Rights)

Decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, June 13, 1966. http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0384_0436_ZS.html
defendant, custody, detective, prosecute, attorney, interrogation, elicit, admission, convict, more...
37 words

The Bill of Rights

Learn these 50 words to better understand the first ten amendments of the U.S. Constitution.
amendment, congress, prohibit, abridge, assemble, petition, redress, grievance, militia, more...
50 words
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