Primary Documents of the Founding


Introduction to the Declaration of Independence

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The Declaration of Independence
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A Note on the Signers of the Declaration of Independence
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Introduction to the United States Constitution
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The United States Constitution
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Index to the United States Constitution
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A Note on Slavery and the American Founding
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Introduction to Washington's Farewell
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Washington's Farewell Address
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Note: These files are provided in Portable Document Format (.pdf) to preserve the integrity of the print-version layout. The Founders' Almanac was set in Adobe Caslon, a typeface based on a 17th-century type by English typefounder William Caslon. During the 18th century the fonts were hugely popular among printers throughout Europe and the American colonies. It was Benjamin Franklin's favorite typeface, and the first printings of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were set in Caslon.

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