Table of Contents: Defining Documents in American History: The American Revolution (1754-1805)

The complete list of articles in Defining Documents in American History: The American Revolution (1754-1805).

Volume 1

Founding Documents

Resolutions of the Stamp Act Congress

The Declaration and Resolves of the First Continental Congress

The Rights of the Colonists

A Summary View of the Rights of British America

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms

Common Sense

Declaration of Independence

Articles of Confederation

Constitution of New York

Constitution of Massachusetts

A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America

Constitution of the United States

George Washington’s First Inaugural Address

The Bill of Rights

Thomas Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address


Speeches and Political Tracts

On the Right to Tax America

Rules by Which a Great Empire May Be Reduced to a Small One

Paul Revere’s Engraving of the Boston Massacre

John Hancock’s Boston Massacre Oration

An Address to the People of England, Scotland, and Ireland on the Present Important Crisis of Affairs

Proclamation on Behalf of King George III

The Farmer Refuted

Speech on Conciliation with America

Federalist No. 10

Speech Delivered at the Virginia Convention Debate on the Ratification of the Constitution

Commonwealth of Massachusetts on the Sedition Act

The Dangers of American Liberty

History of the Rise, Progress and Termination of the American Revolution

Supplemental Historical Documents

On American Independence

Brutus No. 1

Report on the Subject of Manufactures


The Revolution in Letters

Letters of Abigail Adams to John Adams

Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania to the Inhabitants of the British Colonies

Account of Shays’s Rebellion

Letter on the Rebellion in Springfield

Letters on Independence

Letter from George Washington to Martha Washington, June 18, 1775

Letter to the Committee of Merchants in London

Letter on the Virginia Constitution

Letters from an American Farmer

From the Commissioners for Negotiating a Peace with Great Britain

Letters of a Countryman

New York Legislature Committee of Correspondence to George Washington

Supplemental Historical Documents

Peter Brown’s Letter to His Mother, Following the Battle of Bunker Hill

Letter from Oliver Wolcott to Roger Newberry

Letters Concerning the Revolution

George Washington’s Letter to Bushrod Washington

The Boisterous Sea of Liberty


Volume 2

Political Sermons

The Curse of Cowardice

A Sermon Preached to the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in Boston

On the Right to Rebel against Governors

A Discourse on the Love of Our Country

The Dominion of Providence over the Passions of Men

The United States Elevated to Glory and Honor

A Sermon Occasioned by the Death of Washington

Supplemental Historical Documents

A Sermon on the Day of the Commencement of the Constitution

An Oration in Commemoration of the Anniversary of American Independence


Voice of Formation and Dissent

A Journal of the Life, Gospel Labours, and Christian Experience of that Faithful Minister of Jesus Christ, John Woolman

Liberty Further Extended

New York Mechanics Declaration of Independence

The Gleaner Contemplates the Future Prospects of Women in this “Enlightened Age”

An Address to the Negroes in the State of New York

Of the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic

Letters on Education with Observations on Religious and Metaphysical Subjects

On the Education of Youth in America

An Account of the Supremest Court of Judicature in Pennsylvania, viz., the Court of the Press

Of Man, as a Member of Society, Lectures on Law

A Letter to Thomas Jefferson

A Charge Delivered to the Brethren of the African Lodge

Supplemental Historical Documents

Cato’s Letter and Petition to the Pennsylvania Assembly


American Indian Narratives

Beloved Brethren

Joseph Brant to Lord George Germain

We Can Retreat No Farther

Supplemental Historical Documents

Speech of Senghnagenrat, an Oneida Chief

Speech of the United Indian Nations, at Their Confederate Council, Held Near the Mouth of the Detroit River

Letter to President Washington (Seneca Chiefs Big Tree, Cornplanter, Half-Town)


African Slave Narratives

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African

A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, A Native of Africa

Supplemental Historical Documents

Memoir and Poems of Phillis Wheatley, a Native African and a Slave



Chronological List

Historical Timeline

Web Resources