Fundamental Orders of Connecticut,14 January 1638

Fundamental Orders of Connecticut,14 January 1638 The People of Windsor, Hartford, & Wethersfield near the Connecticut River wish to establish a peaceful union in an orderly government according to God & to deal with the people’s affairs in a public state or commonwealth in order to maintain the liberty & purity of the gospel, the… Read more Fundamental Orders of Connecticut,14 January 1638

Charter of Massachusetts Bay, 1629

Charter of Massachusetts Bay, 1629 The governor, company & their successors agree that from now on, there’ll be one governor, one deputy governor & 18 assistants to be chosen from the freemen within the company This election will order general business & affairs of the territory under its charter granted by the Crown The first… Read more Charter of Massachusetts Bay, 1629

The Virginia Declaration of Rights (June 12, 1776)

The Virginia Declaration of Rights (June 12, 1776) All men by nature are free & independent. They have certain inherent right, which can’t be taken away in society – enjoyment of life & property, acquiring & possessing property, & pursuing & obtaining happiness All the power of representatives are vested in magistrates who are the… Read more The Virginia Declaration of Rights (June 12, 1776)

The King Overrides Virginia’s Objections to the Grant Given Lord Baltimore (1629-1633)

The King Overrides Virginia’s Objections to the Grant Given Lord Baltimore (1629-1633) July 3, 1633 – to Lords Commissioners for Foreign Plantation Virginia planters object to a grant given to others reapportioning their lands, which may create problems with trade, government, etc. Lord Baltimore was one of the grantees. Baltimore & Virginia planters need to… Read more The King Overrides Virginia’s Objections to the Grant Given Lord Baltimore (1629-1633)

“Complaints Against New England” (1632-1638)

“Complaints Against New England” (1632-1638) Petitions & complaints grew due to desire for a more orderly government, especially since it used to be more orderly & now it isn’t People of Massachusetts, being obedient to the kind, still wish to be so even if they’ve left the country. We’re upset that the Lords have recalled… Read more “Complaints Against New England” (1632-1638)

“The Planters’ Plea” by John White (1630)

“The Planters’ Plea” by John White (1630) Topic: New England is a great place to put an English colony & grow our religion We’ve had good contact with the native. There’s good soil, fishing & fur. Before our rift with Spain, we sent 40-50 a year just for fishing. Now the discovery of Newfoundland is… Read more “The Planters’ Plea” by John White (1630)

Letters from Don Pedro de Zuniga, the Spanish Ambassador to England, to the King of Spain, 1607

Letters from Don Pedro de Zuniga, the Spanish Ambassador to England, to the King of Spain, 1607 September 22: There was a ship going from Plymouth to Virginia that has returned & is planning to go back with more farmers & merchants wishing to set up shop It’s a good site for privateers to attack… Read more Letters from Don Pedro de Zuniga, the Spanish Ambassador to England, to the King of Spain, 1607

Instructions for the Virginia Colony, 1606

Instructions for the Virginia Colony, 1606 Please take care of instructions coming from the King by way of the Privy Seal When you get to the Virginia coast, find a safe port on a navigable river, running far into the land. If multiple rivers are there, choose one with many branches, preferably headed Northwest –… Read more Instructions for the Virginia Colony, 1606

“Of Plymouth Plantation” by William Bradford (1630-50)

“Of Plymouth Plantation” by William Bradford (1630-50) Showing the reasons & causes of their removal After a number (11-12) years many men died or were very ill & the governors began to see it was time to do something about it Maybe it was time to move? They found it to be a difficult place… Read more “Of Plymouth Plantation” by William Bradford (1630-50)

Ida B. Wells (1862-1931): A Passion for Justice (1989)

Ida B. Wells (1862-1931): A Passion for Justice (1989) After the Civil War – 4 million freed slaves The right to marry, raise children, own property, be protected by law 2 years later, Black me got the right to vote Ida Wells was born in 1862 in Mississippi Father was the son of his master,… Read more Ida B. Wells (1862-1931): A Passion for Justice (1989)

“Women’s Cause is One and Universal” by Anna Julia Cooper (1893)

“Women’s Cause is One and Universal” by Anna Julia Cooper (1893) The best that civilization has to offer can’t be improvised or developed overnight. It takes generations The history of black women’s struggles is heroic, against the odds & largely unwritten Mothers suffered for their children & fought as hard as they could Most of… Read more “Women’s Cause is One and Universal” by Anna Julia Cooper (1893)

“The Anti-Slavery Movement and the Birth of Women’s Rights.” Chapter 2 in Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis (1983)

“The Anti-Slavery Movement and the Birth of Women’s Rights.” Chapter 2 in Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis (1983) Frederick Douglass credits women with being one of the largest proponents of the abolition of slavery He was also a prominent women’s rights advocates This led to much ridicule Women joined the anti-slavery movement Harriet… Read more “The Anti-Slavery Movement and the Birth of Women’s Rights.” Chapter 2 in Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis (1983)

“Human Rights Not Founded on Sex” by Angelina Grimke (1838)

“Human Rights Not Founded on Sex” by Angelina Grimke (1838) Thinking about slaves has made me realize abolition is the highest moral cause of our time Humans have rights because they are moral beings Since they all have the same moral nature, they all have the same rights They’ve been taken from slaves but not… Read more “Human Rights Not Founded on Sex” by Angelina Grimke (1838)

“The Cult of True Womanhood” by Jeanne Boydston

“The Cult of True Womanhood” by Jeanne Boydston 19th century women were seen to be shaped by a cult of true womanhood associating being a woman with home & family Kept from “dirty” influence of business & public affairs Serene moral influences over husband & children Women seen as unfit to hard labor, politics or… Read more “The Cult of True Womanhood” by Jeanne Boydston

Adam Smith – “Of Colonies” from The Wealth of Nations, 1776

Adam Smith – “Of Colonies” from The Wealth of Nations, 1776 “Of the advantages which Europe has derived from the discovery of America” – from the Wealth of Nations, Book 4, Chapter 7, Part 3 General advantages Particular advantages   General advantages Increase of enjoyments (increase in variety of goods) Augmentation of industry (increase in… Read more Adam Smith – “Of Colonies” from The Wealth of Nations, 1776

Samuel Adams – On Resistance to Tyranny

Samuel Adams – On Resistance to Tyranny Any nation feeling pain for having slavery deserves it Zwinglius in Switzerland pushed for this idea, saying that those who suffer under oppression deserve what they allow & ought to die with their oppressors All would be free if they valued freedom & defended it Can millions be… Read more Samuel Adams – On Resistance to Tyranny

Roger Williams – The Bloody Tenent Yet More Bloody (1652)

Roger Williams – The Bloody Tenent Yet More Bloody (1652) The doctrine of persecution for the cause of conscience is awful because it’s blasphemy against because he made us of one blood & now we’re all at war because our religions It’s a tenent against Jesus Christ that will stop him from delivering us to… Read more Roger Williams – The Bloody Tenent Yet More Bloody (1652)

Roger Williams – The Bloody Tenet of Persecution for Cause of Conscience (1644)

Roger Williams – The Bloody Tenet of Persecution for Cause of Conscience Wars of religion aren’t supported by Jesus Christ Scripture is often a pretext for persecution Ministries of New England churches are proving to be of the doctrine of persecution for cause of of conscience This doctrine is proved guilty by all the blood… Read more Roger Williams – The Bloody Tenet of Persecution for Cause of Conscience (1644)

The Mayflower Compact, 11 November, 1620

The Mayflower Compact, 11 November, 1630 This is the first “democratic” document in America… Passengers are loyal subjects of King James In order to advance Christian faith and the honor of the king & country, they wish to settle a colony in Northern Virginia Combine themselves into a civil body politic to order, preserve  &… Read more The Mayflower Compact, 11 November, 1620

“The Farewell Address” by George Washington (1796)

“The Farewell Address” by George Washington (1796) A new election for the President is coming up & you’ll who that new guy will be since I’ve taken myself out of the running I’m withdrawing from public life in spite of pleas for me not to I was going after the first term but I had… Read more “The Farewell Address” by George Washington (1796)