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Henry David Thoreau "Civil Disobedience" (1849)

Originally published as "On the Duty of Disobedience" and based on an 1848 lecture, Thoreau's work is a civil libertarian classic. Questioning the authority of all governments, Thoreau especially...
expedient, mode, consent, endeavor, posterity, integrity, vitality, din, enterprise, view list...
91 words

James Madison: Federalist #10 (1787)

Following the Constitutional Convention in 1787, James Madison along with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, published a series of essays supporting the new Constitution. Together these essays are...
faction, insurrection, numerous, tendency, fate, contemplate, propensity, vice, instability, view list...
84 words

The Mayflower Compact (1620)

Seen as a forerunner to the U.S. Constitution, the signers of The Mayflower Compact agreed to work together and to establish their own rules. The Pilgrims were a small group of religious separatists...
dread, sovereign, grace, faith, voyage, solemnly, presence, combine, civil, view list...
16 words

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, view list...
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, view list...
61 words

Preamble to the U.S. Constitution

This introduction to the foundational document of our democracy lays out what we believe in as a country and who we aspire to be as a people.
perfect, establish, justice, insure, tranquility, promote, welfare, secure, liberty, view list...
12 words

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, view list...
96 words

The Star Spangled Banner

Francis Scott Key's contribution to American heritage and ball games everywhere, our National Anthem, decoded.
hail, gleaming, broad, perilous, rampart, gallantly, spangle, banner, foe, view list...
25 words
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