US History - American Foundation Documents and Flags
Revolution and a New Nation
The Revolution was effected before the war commenced.
The Revolution was in the hearts and minds of the people.
-- President John Adams, 1818
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Declaration of Independence
The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America:
We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
US Constitution Day
- US Constitution Day on September 17 Celebrates Freedom and Helps Sort Election Campaign Issues
Many Americans feel that the Constitution still guides our nation and its contents should be consulted in choosing a new President, comparing his or her platform with the founding document. Others do not.
The Preamble Song - from School House Rock
Iroquois Confederacy Consitution - The Great Peace
- Speakers of the Iroquoian Language Group - Oldest Representative Democracy In the World
The US Constitution is based on that of the Iroquois Confederacy. Six Indigenous Nations joined under one constitution between 1390 - 1500. Called The Great Binding Law, it was written in the Mohawk Language. It is the basis for the US Constitution.
Senate Resolution 331, from the 100th Congress in 1988 (The Reagan Years): The US Senate acknowledges, “the confederation of the original thirteen colonies into one republic was influenced …by the Iroquois Confederacy, as were many of the democratic principles which were incorporated into the constitution itself.”
Foundations of Freedom - Documents and Flags
America, or the USA, was first formed by these states: New Hampshire, Massachusetts bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (together these formed 1 state), Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
This Hub will present some important aspects of the forming a new nation called the United States of America. It will display information about and links to the nation's foundation documents, other writings about these documents, and images and links regarding the various American national flags.
Remember that most immigrants to America during the founding of the Colonies came from what is the united Kingdom and it has been thought that this region was more liberal than the rest of Europe politically, joined in thought by The Netherlands. As far as religion is considered, most of the immigrant practiced some form of Calvinism [in protest to the Anglican Church at home]. Calvinism rather emphasized both divine and secular contractual relationships and this appears in the USA's founding documents as well - we see God mentioned and we see secularism applied as well.
This is all considered under Constitutional law and its practice and there are continuing arguments in the 21st century about whether or not America is a Christian Nation or a nation of Christians (there are many religions here), or a secular nation, or just what it is. At any rate, America stemmed from a social order emphasizing individual rights and social mobility.
Some of the most important Founding Documents of the Untied States of America, most of which are held in the National Archives, and their immediately ensuing papers include:
- Declaration of Independence
- The Articles of Confederation - accepted by Congress November 15, 1777 and ratified March 1, 1781.
- Preamble to the Constitution
- The Constitution of the United States of America
- The Federalist Papers
In the Articles of Confederation, Article IV states that "paupers, vagabonds, and fugitives from justice (are) excepted" from the freedoms and immunities offered by the States. If you were poor or a drifter, you had no rights.
It is also interesting that The Articles of Confederation, Article IX, provided that Canada was permitted to join the United States:
Article XI. Canada acceding to this confederation, and adjoining in the measures of the United States, shall be admitted into, and entitled to all the advantages of this Union; but no other colony shall be admitted into the same, unless such admission be agreed to by nine States.
This Article sets a sort of precedent for a permitted joining of Canada, USA, and Mexico into one large community, as has been suggested for some years. Canada did not become a Nation until around 1846. Previously, Canada was a colony of England and was fought over by the French, Mohawks and English - and others.
The Acadians (French) would not leave when the British threw the Acadians out of Nova Scotia, Canada in 1760. In fact, they went to New Brunswick and applied guerrilla warfare (which the Swamp Fox may have learned from them) to the enemy. It took 5 years, until 1765, to convince the Acadian militia to lay down their arms. It also took the combined efforts of the British, the Americans, and the French Officers other than this militia to convince the Acadians to cease fire. They left reluctantly, but the rest of the Acadians had been driven all the way to New Orleans, their farms and possessions burned by the British. Through intermarriages, they became the Cajuns and the families are still trying to trace lost members today.
See a portrait of one of these Acadians, along with some good recipes: Cajun Easter Foods.
Please visit the Links provided that will transport you to a thorough explanation and discussion of these documents.
The Betsy Ross
How to Fly and Care For the American Flag
- Consumer Information
Instructions and regulations, including how to fold the flag and information on state flags.
June 1, 1776; The Continental Colors
Important Foundation Documents Preserved
- The Articles of Confederation
Did Canada want to join the USA?
- Charters of Freedom - The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights
June 17, 1777
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