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1215 Magna Charta

1620 Mayflower Compact

1628 Petition of Right

1676 The First Thanksgiving Proclamation, June 20

1754 Albany Plan for a Union

1765 The Resolutions of the Stamp Act Congress, October 19

1770 Anonymous account of the Boston Massacre, March 5

1770 Captain Preston's account of the Boston Massacre, March 5

1774 First Continental Congress, October

1774 The Articles of Association, October 20

1775 Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death

1775 Second Continental Congress Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms, July 6

1776 The Virginia Declaration of Rights

1776 The Declaration of Independence

1781 The Articles of Confederation

1783 Paris Peace Treaty

1787 Constitution of the United States

1791 Bill of Rights

1798 The Sedition Act of 1798

1795 The Constitution Amendments 11-27

1823 Monroe Doctrine

1861 The Constitution of the Confederate States of America

1863 Emancipation Proclamation

1945 United Nations Charter

1963 Martin Luther King's I have a dream speech, August 28