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Sep 15, 2021 2021-09-15

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America’s Story Told Through the Founders’ Thoughts and Debates

In 2010 the National Archives entered into a cooperative agreement with The University of Virginia Press to create Founders Online and make freely available the historical documents of the founders of the United States of America. Through the Founders Online website, students can read and explore thousands of records from George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison, and see firsthand the growth of democracy and the birth of the Republic. They can freely access the written record of the original thoughts, ideas, debates, and principles of our democracy. They can search across the records of all seven founders and read first drafts of the Declaration of Independence, the spirited debates over the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and the very beginnings of American law, government, and our national story. They can compare and contrast the thoughts and ideas of these seven individuals and their correspondents as they discussed and debated through their letters and documents.

Plus: On September 16, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (ET), the National Archives will come alive. Through the Young Learners Program, students can meet James Madison, who was given the title “Father of the Constitution” by his colleagues for his crucial role in drafting the US Constitution and its ratification. Historical performer John Douglas Hall explains the writing of the Constitution and its ratification from Madison’s perspective in 1821. Students can access the program free of charge on YouTube.

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