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OUR GOVERNING DOCS

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 29, 2014

BRYCE ON GOVERNMENT

– The written instruments used to govern and shape America.

NOTE: You may want to “bookmark” this column and pass the web address on to others, particularly young people.

I have many pamphlets describing the country’s governing documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, but I wanted something more comprehensive where I could quickly access the various documents by computer. What follows is a listing of the documents which shaped our nation. In addition to governing documents, the list includes treaties, acts, and landmark Supreme Court rulings. The Magna Carta and Mayflower Compact are included as they greatly influenced our need for government. I did not include presidential farewell addresses or speeches, except for the Gettysburg Address.

 I’ve organized this into three sections:

* CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
* ALPHABETIC ORDER
* OTHER IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS that had a bearing on our country.

It is hoped this will become an important research repository for you. For each document, I am including background information as provided by Wikipedia as well as the actual text of the document itself. I hope you find it useful.

 CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

Magna Carta – 1297
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Mayflower Compact – 1620
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Second Treatise on Government – John Locke – 1690
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Common Sense – Thomas Paine – 1776
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Declaration of Independence – 1776
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Articles of Confederation – 1777
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Northwest Ordinance of 1787
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Federalist Papers – 1787-1788
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Constitution – 1789
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Bill of Rights – 1791
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Jay’s Treaty – 1794
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Alien and Sedition Act – 1798
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Louisiana Purchase – 1803
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Supreme Court Decision – Marbury v. Madison – 1803
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Treaty of Ghent – 1814
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Supreme Court Decision – McCulloch v. Maryland – 1819
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Missouri Compromise – 1820
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Monroe Doctrine – 1823
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Supreme Court Decision – Gibbons v. Ogden – 1824
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Compromise of 1850
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Kansas-Nebraska Act – 1854
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Supreme Court Decision – Dred Scott v. Sanford – 1857
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Ordinance of Secession – 1860-1861
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Confederate States of America (CSA) Constitution – 1861
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Writ of Habeas Corpus, Lincoln suspends – 1862
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Emancipation Proclamation – 1863
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Gettysburg Address – 1863
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Appomattox Surrender – 1865
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Sherman Anti-Trust Act – 1890
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Hay–Bunau-Varilla Treaty (Panama) – 1903
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Peace Treaty of Versailes – 1919
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Social Security Act – 1935
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Lend/Lease Act – 1941
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United Nations Charter – 1945
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North Atlantic Treaty – 1949
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Peace Treaty of San Francisco – 1951
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Supreme Court Decision – Brown v. Board of Education – 1954
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Supreme Court Decision – Gideon v. Wainwright – 1963
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Civil Rights Act – 1964
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Supreme Court Decision – Miranda v. Arizona – 1966
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Supreme Court Decision – Roe v. Wade – 1973
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Torrijos–Carter Treaties (Panama) – 1977
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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) – 2010
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 ALPHABETIC ORDER

Alien and Sedition Act – 1798
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Appomattox Surrender – 1865
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Articles of Confederation – 1777
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Bill of Rights – 1791
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Civil Rights Act – 1964
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Common Sense – Thomas Paine – 1776
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Compromise of 1850
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Confederate States of America (CSA) Constitution – 1861
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Constitution – 1789
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Declaration of Independence – 1776
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Emancipation Proclamation – 1863
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Federalist Papers – 1787-1788
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Gettysburg Address – 1863
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Hay–Bunau-Varilla Treaty (Panama) – 1903
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Jay’s Treaty – 1794
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Kansas-Nebraska Act – 1854
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Lend/Lease Act – 1941
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Louisiana Purchase – 1803
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Magna Carta – 1297
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Mayflower Compact – 1620
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Missouri Compromise – 1820
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Monroe Doctrine – 1823
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North Atlantic Treaty – 1949
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Northwest Ordinance of 1787
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Ordinance of Secession – 1860-1861
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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) – 2010
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Peace Treaty of San Francisco – 1951
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Peace Treaty of Versailes – 1919
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Second Treatise on Government – John Locke – 1690
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Sherman Anti-Trust Act – 1890
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Social Security Act – 1935
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Supreme Court Decision – Brown v. Board of Education – 1954
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Supreme Court Decision – Dred Scott v. Sanford – 1857
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Supreme Court Decision – Gibbons v. Ogden – 1824
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Supreme Court Decision – Gideon v. Wainwright – 1963
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Supreme Court Decision – Marbury v. Madison – 1803
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Supreme Court Decision – McCulloch v. Maryland – 1819
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Supreme Court Decision – Miranda v. Arizona – 1966
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Supreme Court Decision – Roe v. Wade – 1973
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Torrijos–Carter Treaties (Panama) – 1977
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Treaty of Ghent – 1814
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United Nations Charter – 1945
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Writ of Habeas Corpus, Lincoln suspends – 1862
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 OTHER IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Statute of Anne (Copyrights) – 1710
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Bank Bill of 1791
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Napoleonic Law – 1804
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The New Deal – 1933-1936
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Kennedy Doctrine – 1963
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Indian Treaties
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Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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10 Responses to “OUR GOVERNING DOCS”

  1. Tim Bryce said

    A K.S. of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma wrote…

    “Pretty comprehensive list Tim. Thanks for sharing.”

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  2. Tim Bryce said

    A B.F. of Lubbock, Texas wrote…

    “Hopefully, everyone will take the time to review our founding documents. It’s always inspirational…. “

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  3. Tim Bryce said

    A K.S. of Palm Harbor, Florida wrote…

    “Great resource Tim!”

    A J.S. of Tampa, Florida wrote…

    “What a great idea, Tim. . . . . Thank you. “

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  4. ratchetracer said

    a great list of what I would say is required reading to show our history & the decisions that have been made, good or bad, that effect our lives
    thanks Tim

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  5. Tim Bryce said

    A P.E. of Tampa, Florida wrote…

    “LOVE this kind of historical stuff — and it will keep me out of the bars for weeks! Was reading a link about William White, one of the Mayflower passengers and Mayflower Compact signers. His sister is my 11th great grandmother.”

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  6. […] OUR GOVERNING DOCS […]

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  7. Tim Bryce said

    An M.C. of Los Angeles, California wrote…

    “Tim – quite lengthy and detailed. Congrats on compiling such a useful index to so many important elements of our history as a people and as a nation. Many should spend the time to read some of them, if not all… most illuminating!”

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  8. Tim Bryce said

    A J.S. of New Port Richey, Florida wrote…

    “Outstanding!! order of important Documents. I have read some portion of the listed during my time in college and others afterward. The list is representative of the finest minds in history. I am so proud of being part of an organization that offers an insight into history. From such knowledge, as offered, often enables us to understand from whence we came and appreciate the remarkable mental acuity exhibited by our common forefathers. Thank you.”

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  9. Tim Bryce said

    A W.S. of Virginia wrote…

    “This is a great list along with links that will be a very useful resource!”

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  10. […] Understand your rights as a citizen and the the mechanics of government by becoming familiar with our governing docs. […]

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