The complete text of United States President Barack Obama’s farewell address, as prepared for delivery and provided by the White House. The speech was delivered on 10 January 2017 before a crowd of 20,000 at Chicago’s McCormick Place convention
Donald John Trump of New York was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States on the west steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., at noon on Friday, 20 January 2017, as prescribed by the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. The oath he
The complete, official text of the Bill of Rights, including the document's preamble.
The handout is designed with classroom needs in mind. The text is set in easy-to-read, 11-point type. Explanatory notes, set in sans serif type to distinguish it
On 8 December 1941, the day after the attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawai‘i, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered one of the most famous addresses in American history to a joint session of Congress, with millions of Americans
The complete text of George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation. This proclamation was issued well before Thanksgiving was an annual holiday in the United States, but the purposes and meaning of the holiday laid out in this proclamation
The complete text of Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation. Issued in the midst of the Civil War, this proclamation of Thanksgiving established the date on which we still celebrate the holiday — the fourth Thursday in November — and
The complete, official text of the Declaration of Independence, including the names of the document's 56 signers.
The handout is designed with classroom needs in mind. The text is set in easy-to-read, 11-point type. Lines of text are numbered for
The complete, official text of the Constitution of the United States, including all 27 amendments (the 10 amendments that comprise the Bill of Rights plus the 17 other amendments). The document is divided into two sections so teachers can use which
The complete text of the Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Abraham Lincoln on 1 January 1863 in the midst of the Civil War. The Emancipation Proclamation declared that slaves in states that had seceded from the Union were freed. The
The full text of the 1215 version of Magna Carta as translated into modern English by the British Library.
A number of study helps are incorporated into the handout to help students make sense of the document. Footnotes that provide additional
The complete text of the Gettysburg Address, delivered by President Abraham Lincoln on Thursday, 19 November 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. One of the largest battles of the United States
In late 1864, Abraham Lincoln was reelected president of the United States. He delivered this address at the inauguration for his second term. The Civil War was still taking place, though it would draw to a close with the Confederacy’s surrender at
The complete text of the Articles of Confederation, the United States’ first constitution. The articles themselves, including the preamble, the thirteen articles, and the conclusion, are on the first six pages, for efficient front-back printing on
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, a Democrat from Massachusetts, won the 1960 presidential election against Richard Nixon, a Republican. Kennedy delivered this address at his inauguration as president on 20 January 1961, which took place on the east steps of
The complete English translation of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses with explanatory footnotes.
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, which was ignited when Martin Luther, a theologian, academic, and Catholic
In 1777, one year after he wrote the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson drafted a bill for Virginia’s legislature, the General Assembly, to guarantee religious freedom in the state. The bill was introduced in the legislature in 1779 and
On 28 February 2017, President Donald Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress. While not an official State of the Union address, the tone and purpose were quite similar: Mr. Trump highlighted what he felt were the successes