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Source: We have gathered here a number of important documents and pamphlets which have been crucial in the development of free institutions. They include political documents such as bills of rights, declarations of independence, constitutions, and other pieces of legislation, as well as political pamphlets from the 17th and 18th centuries which advocated or defended such documents.

Fair Use: This material is put online to further the educational goals of Liberty Fund, Inc. Unless otherwise stated in the Copyright Information section for each document, this material may be used freely for educational and academic purposes. It may not be used in any way for profit.

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The OLL has a strong collection covering the period of the founding of the American Republic, the formation of the constitution and the bill of rights, and the early Republic. We have online a number of Liberty Fund published books which contain important primary source material useful for teaching at the high school and early college level, including:

We also have online the complete works of the following Founding Fathers:

These works, and many others, can be accessed via the Topic page on The American Revolution and Constitution (90 titles) and the School of Thought page on the Founding Fathers (9 people) in The Library.

[The first page of Jefferson's hand written draft of the Declaration of Independence (1776).]

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