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Declaration of War – 18 June 1812


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That war be and is hereby declared to exist between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the dependencies thereof, and the United States of America and their territories; and that the President of […]

Constitutional Amendments (1814)


AMENDMENT XI The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State. Passed by Congress March 4, 1794.  Ratified February 7, 1795 […]

The Bill of Rights


Note: The first ten amendments to the US Constitution were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the “Bill of Rights.”   They were inspired by Virginia delegate George Mason, who left the Constitutional Convention in disgust, declaring the new Constitution had no declaration of rights. When James Madison drafted the amendments to […]

Constitution of the United States


Adopted on September 17, 1787, by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish […]

The Declaration of Independence


IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which […]