Over 1,100 full-text articles and reports related to Columbus and the explorations
from Europe to the "New World". A bit difficult to use due to its arrangement.
Try starting with the Hypertext Index of Articles, then go into "For public
use. (Reprint Permission Granted.)" Then explore the entries, arranged
alphabetically. Has many articles in the Spanish language.
This online exhibit from the Library of Congress "addresses ... questions
[about the voyages of Christopher Columbus] by examining the rich mixture
of societies coexisting in five areas of this hemisphere before European
arrival. It then surveys the polyglot Mediterranean world at a dynamic
turning point in its development."
"Jonathan Edwards, sometimes known as the postmillennialist's postmillennialist,
is best known for his role in the Great Awakening, which began as a revival
in several churches along the Connecticut River Valley." This page is on a Christian website called The Forerunner.
This site includes links to a chronological history of the eras leading up to, including and following the War for Independence. One page has the
entire text of the Declaration of Independence as well as an audio version of the document.
The National Archives and Records Administration offers this excellent explanation of the Magna Carta as it relates to U.S. laws and democratic ideas. Also as a link to the text of the Magna Carta.
The Magna Carta -- http://www.nara.gov/exhall/charters/magnacarta/magintrp.html
"The source of it all...." This is the words of the Magna Carta, the historic British document, the contract that had a such a big influence on the concept of American democracy, and the U.S. Constitution.
Collection of primary source historical documents from the British Isles, from the earliest times through the present: Magna Carta, parliamentary addresses, political statements by thinkers and leaders, philosophical writings, and more.
A large collection of Thomas Jefferson's quotes on Politics & Government, with links to other Web Pages of interest to the basic ideas of democracy and government. Has over 1,500 excerpts from Jefferson's writings.
This hypertext edition of Plato's Apology was written for students taking their first philosophy course at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa. Excellent resource in the development of the concept of Democracy in Ancient Greece.
Plato: Works -- http://WWW.Clarke.Edu/departments/philosophy/apology/aplg0008.htm
A collection of works with commentary by Plato. The Republic in particular has many ideas which eventually influenced Enlightenment thinkers, and the rise of democratic ideas. The famous "Allegory of the Cave" is found here, in The Republic.
Biography and philosophical background on the Greek philosopher, Plato. Includes links to his writings. A very informative essay, with many links to primary sources, related ideas and people. (Perseus Encyclopedia)
Biography and philosophical background on the Greek philosopher, Aristotle. Includes links to his writings. A very informative essay, with many links to primary sources, related ideas and people. (Perseus Encyclopedia)
The time-line and background on the American Declaration of Independence from Great Britain are presented here, with images and explanation of the key people and their contributions to this historic document.
The online publisher, Mighty Words, has provided this site to enable ten contemporary authors to take a look at the Bill of Rights (the original ten amendments to the Constitution). Read Jonathan Kellerman on the freedom of speech; Pete Hamill on the right to keep and bear arms; Peggy Noonan on the quartering of troops; Caroline Kennedy & Ellen Alderman on unreasonable search and seizure; Doris Kearns & Richard Goodwin on double jeopardy; Whoopi Goldberg on the right to a speedy and public trial; Newt Gingrich on trial by jury; Coretta Scott King on cruel and unusual punishment; Sally Ride on the rights which shall not be denied; and, Peter Jennings & Todd Brewster on powers reserved to the states.
Exhibition (including background information) on the documents that are the foundation of U.S. laws and rights: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill of Rights. (Amendments 1-10)
Article from the Library of Congress: "The Constitution defines the fundamental law of the United States federal government, setting forth the three principal branches of the federal government, outlining their jurisdictions, and propounding the basic rights of U.S. citizens."
The Continental Congress Broadside Collection (253 titles) and the Constitutional Convention Broadside Collection (21 titles) contain 274 documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution, plus similar primary sources.