Preserving American Freedom

The Evolution of American Liberties in Fifty Documents

Section 2

Revolution and Founding Freedoms

Documents spanning from America's Revolutionary and early national period (1765 to around 1840) highlight growing tensions over colonial sovereignty as Americans attempted to assert their freedoms as British subjects before declaring independence and setting up their own systems of government. This section includes numerous founding documents such as the Declaration of Independence, early notes for the Articles of Confederation, and a handwritten draft of the Constitution.