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Essential Documents in American History

These letters, speeches, bills, sermons, and essays have been selected not chiefly for the historical importance of the events they document but for their intrinsic merit as sources of reflection on issues of abiding importance to us as human beings and American citizens. Please help us refine our selections by reviewing or downloading our working list and adding your comments on those that you think should be included or removed. Recommendations should be directed to

Documents, Discussions, and Classroom Activities

Declaration of Independence (1776) text discussion
George Washington, Farewell Address (1796) text discussion
Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address (1865) text discussion
Woodrow Wilson, Fourteen Points for Peace (1918) text discussion
Martin Luther King, Letter from Birmingham Jail (1963) text discussion
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