Founding Documents

founding documentsOn every question of construction [of the Constitution] let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or intended against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.
– Thomas Jefferson, letter to Judge William Johnson, (from Monticello, June 12, 1823)


United States Constitution

“Our peculiar security is in possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.” Thomas Jefferson. Read the United States Constitution.

Declaration of Independence

“I am well aware of the toil, the blood, and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration and support and defend these states; yet, through all the gloom, I can see rays of light and glory.” – John Adams Speech to Congress July 2, 1776. Read the Declaration of Independence.

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North Carolina Constitution

General Greene’s militiamen halted the British advance through the Carolinas and turned them back to the seaport towns. This was one of the bloodiest battles of the long war with the British losing over a quarter of their troops. Read the North Carolina Constitution.

NCCM Manual

“If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no resource left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government.” – Alexander Hamilton. Read the North Carolina Citizen Militia Manual.

Battle at Guilford Courthouse

guilford flagThe battle fought at Guilford Courthouse was the largest and most hotly contested action of the Revolutionary War’s Southern Campaign. It is considered the high-water mark of that campaign in that it changed the course of the war and contributed to the eventual American victory at Yorktown seven months later. Learn more about the Battle at Guilford Courthouse.

Related Sites

  • The Constitution Society: The Constitution Society is a private non-profit organization dedicated to research and public education on the principles of constitutional republican government. It publishes documentation, engages in litigation, and organizes local citizens groups to work for reform.
  • National Archives: The Charters of Freedom, A new world is at hand.
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  • US A wealth of information about the signers of the Declaration, the history of the Declaration, and an online version of the Declaration for you to read.
  • Century of Lawmaking: US Congressional Documents and Debates 1774 – 1875.
  • Founders Constitution: The online Founders’ Constitution published by the University of Chicago Press. Source documents written and read by the Founding Fathers.
  • Printed Ephemera: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera
  • Rediscovering George Washington: Old PBS research now on


  • Eagle Industries: This gear is made in America, this site has a large list of high quality products from load bearing vest to backpacks, to fit your needs.

Gun Rights

  • Gun Owners of America: Gun Owners of America — The Gun Owners of America has an excellent site that provides a state by state listing of firearms legislation that gun owners need to know about. This site is updated often and has an e-mail list to keep you notified of pressing gun laws.
  • Grass Roots North Carolina: Grass Roots North Carolina/Forum for Firearms Education is a non-profit, all volunteer organization devoted to educating the public about trends which abridge the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, and engaging in grass roots activism to preserve those freedoms.

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