Politics in Colonial Virginia
Now what: the United States had won its independence, but was adrift without a central government or a constitution. A new government was built based on egalitarian principles, in contrast to England's tradition of hereditary power.
United States Articles of Confederation
These articles governed the country in the gap after the war and before the Constitution.
United States Constitution
A new government is born, wise in its provisions for future changes.
Amendments to the United States Constitution
American law's evolution begins with the Bill of Rights.
George Washington’s First Inaugural Address
A reluctant but dutiful Washington accepts the presidency.
George Washington’s Second Inaugural Address
Washington begins his second term concisely.
George Washington’s Farewell Address
The president’s Farewell Address was hand written and then printed in Philadelphia on Sept. 19, 1796.
Thomas Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address
Jefferson bids Americans to "unite with one heart and one mind."
Thomas Jefferson’s Second Inaugural Address
This lengthy address touches on every aspect of the office.
Meet some of the minds who conceived the model for a government whose power lies in its subjects. Pressed into greatness at the dawn of war, the ideas of these founders are revered as core American principles.
Considered one of the founding fathers, a general in the Virginia militia, and first president of the United States of America.
Scholar, governor of Virginia, writer of the Declaration of Independence, and considered one of the founding fathers.
First Virginia signer of the Declaration of Independence, framer of the federal Constitution, and instrumental in the design of the seal of Virginia.
St. George Tucker
Lawyer, trader, inventor, scholar, professor, judge, essayist, poet, gardener, and stargazer.
Revolutionary leader, Attorney General of Virginia Colony, and chairman of the first and second Continental Congress.
Lawyer, patriot, orator, and participant in virtually every aspect of the founding of America.
Richard Henry Lee
Planter who was a defender of colonial rights and was aligned with Patrick Henry as a strong opponent of the Stamp Act.
Surveyor, military officer, and for a brief time, stamp collector for the colonies of Maryland and Virginia.