Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances.

That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective Colonies for their consideration and approbation.

Above is the Lee Resolution. On June 7, 1776, Virginian Richard Henry Lee, introduced this resolution to the Second Continental Congress. And so it began…

To fully appreciate the genius of our founding fathers, you should read their words. Below are what are commonly agreed upon as our founding documents. This should only be the beginning of your study.

Common Sense

Articles of Confederation

Declaration of Independence

The U.S. Constitution

The Bill of Rights (Amendments 1–10)

Amendments 11–27

Federalist Papers

Antifederalist Papers