The Declaration of Independence expresses the ideals on which the United States was founded and the reasons for separation from Great Britain.
The Constitution defines the framework of the Federal Government of the United States.
President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 announcing "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."
The Federalist, commonly referred to as the Federalist Papers, is a series of 85 essays written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison between October 1787 and May 1788. The essays were published anonymously, under the pen name "Publius," in various New York state newspapers of the time.
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