Documents of Freedom Reproductions of America's four most important documents on authentic-looking parchment paper.
Featured Founding Founder Gouverneur Morris, the peg-legged, anti-slavery delegate from Pennsylvania spoke more on the floor of the Constitutional Convention than any of the other founding fathers. As Jefferson was chosen to draft the Declaration of Independence, Morris was chosen to write the first draft of the Constitution. Colonial Hall is now proud to have the first seven chapters of the full-length biography of Gouverneur Morris, by Jared Sparks.
George did what?! The Declaration of IndependenceA line by line history
Most are familiar with the beginning of the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." But what about the long list of accusations against King George III that follows? Find out the history behind the accusations in the Declaration from historian Benson J. Lossing.
Biographies with New Portraits
Not only have we recently purchased the portraits of 20 founding fathers from Independence National Historic Park, we have also been travelling around the country taking pictures of their homes. Little by little you can expect to see these photographs and portraits added to our site. The following is a list of biographies with these new pictures:
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While our document collection only contains the Declaration of Independence, we hope to add other documents in the near future and to provide each document's historical background.