Primary Sources

Selections of Documents

U.S. Chronology: Chronology of Documents
This major resource provides listings of major and minor documents in U.S. history, from the 17th century to the present. Select a document to go to it. From the Avalon collection at Yale.
U.S. History Sources: Various U.S. history sources
This major resource provides listings of documents in U.S. history, from the 18th century to the present.
Web Sites for Primary Sources: Primary sources for Colonial America and Revolutionary America and France
The Internet Modern History Sourcebook list many documents available online for the Colonial and Revolutionary periods in American history and in the Revolutionary period in France. The is a thorough listing.

Revolution Period Documents

Declaration of Independence: Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson and adopted after amendment by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.
Articles of Confederation: The Articles of Confederation
These articles establishing a confederation of the states (formerly colonies) were adopted by the Second Continental Congress on June 21, 1781.
The Federalist Papers: Complete Federalist articles
This is a complete list of the Federalist articles. Select a title to go to it.

U.S. Government Documents

United States Constitution: United States Constitution
The Constitution of the United States was written by a Constitutional Convention meeting in Philadelphia in 1787. It was ratified by conventions elected in the separate states meeting from 1787 to 1790, achieving the necessary 3/4 approvals on June 21, 1788.
Amendments to the Constitution: Amendments to the Constitution
The first ten amendments are the Bill of Rights. They were adopted by the U.S. Congress in 1789 and ratified by 3/4ths of the states in 1791. They are followed by seventeen subsequent amendments adopted from 1794 to 1992, for a total of twenty-seven amendments.

Civil War Documents

Confederate States Constitution: Confederate States Constitution
The Constitution of the Confederate States of America (CSA) was adopted by a convention meeting in Montgomery, Alabama, on February 11, 1861. It differs from the U.S. Constitution in the areas of states rights and slavery.
Emancipation Proclamation: The Emancipation Proclamation
President Abraham Lincoln issued this proclamation on September 22, 1862, freeing the slaves in the South.
Gettysburg Address: Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
President Abraham Lincoln delivered this short but powerful address on November 19, 1863, after the Union barely defeated the Confederacy at the battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania.

Native American Documents

Geronimo: The Autobiography of Geronimo
This is the original text of the autobiography of Geronimo, chief of the Apache tribes of New Mexico and Arizona.