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US History of American Foundation Documents and Flags

Ms. Inglish has spent 30 years working in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, and aerospace education for Active USAF Civil Air Patrol.

The First Flag of the USA

The Grand Union Flag, flag of the United Colonies of North America and the first flag of the USA.

The Grand Union Flag, flag of the United Colonies of North America and the first flag of the USA.

The Revolution was effected before the war commenced.

The Revolution was in the hearts and minds of the people.

— President John Adams, 1818

The Betsy Ross, First Documented Use in 1792

Betsy Ross Flag, used only in New York

Betsy Ross Flag, used only in New York

Declaration of Independence

Image of the original document in the National Archives.

Image of the original document in the National Archives.

Declaration House, Where Thomas Jefferson Worked

Home of Jacob Graff Jr., where Thomas Jefferson rented two rooms in which to draft the Declaration (NPS.gov public domain)

Home of Jacob Graff Jr., where Thomas Jefferson rented two rooms in which to draft the Declaration (NPS.gov public domain)

The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America

The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America:

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We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

US Constitution Day

The Preamble Song - from School House Rock

Senate Resolution 331, from the 100th Congress in 1988 (The Reagan Years): The US Senate acknowledges, “the confederation of the original thirteen colonies into one republic was influenced …by the Iroquois Confederacy, as were many of the democratic principles which were incorporated into the constitution itself.”

Iroquois Confederacy Consitution - The Great Peace

Wampum belt and flag of the Iroquois Confederacy.

Wampum belt and flag of the Iroquois Confederacy.

America, or the USA, was first formed by these states: New Hampshire, Massachusetts bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (together these formed 1 state), Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

This Hub will present some important aspects of the forming a new nation called the United States of America. It will display information about and links to the nation's foundation documents, other writings about these documents, and images and links regarding the various American national flags.

Remember that most immigrants to America during the founding of the Colonies came from what is the united Kingdom and it has been thought that this region was more liberal than the rest of Europe politically, joined in thought by The Netherlands. As far as religion is considered, most of the immigrant practiced some form of Calvinism [in protest to the Anglican Church at home].

Calvinism rather emphasized both divine and secular contractual relationships and this appears in the USA's founding documents as well - we see God mentioned and we see secularism applied as well.

This is all considered under Constitutional law and its practice and there are continuing arguments in the 21st century about whether or not America is a Christian Nation, a nation of Christians, a deist nation, a secular nation, or just what it is. Many faiths fill the borders of America. At any rate, America stemmed from a social order emphasizing individual rights and social mobility.

Some of the most important Founding Documents of the Untied States of America, most of which are held in the National Archives, and their immediately ensuing papers include:

In the Articles of Confederation, Article IV states that "paupers, vagabonds, and fugitives from justice (are) excepted" from the freedoms and varieties of immunity offered by the States. If you were poor or a drifter, you had no rights.

It is also interesting that The Articles of Confederation, Article IX, provided that Canada was permitted to join the United States:

Article XI. Canada acceding to this confederation, and adjoining in the measures of the United States, shall be admitted into, and entitled to all the advantages of this Union; but no other colony shall be admitted into the same, unless such admission be agreed to by nine States.

This Article sets a sort of precedent for a permitted joining of Canada, USA, and Mexico into one large community, as has been suggested for some years. Canada did not become a Nation until around 1846. Previously, Canada was a colony of England and was fought over by the French, Mohawks and English - and others.

Spacial Case: The Acadians

Many Acadians, French settlers in Canada, would not leave when the British threw Acadians out of Nova Scotia in 1760. In fact, they went to New Brunswick and applied guerilla warfare (like the Swamp Fox) to the enemy.

It took 5 years, until 1765, to convince the Acadian militia to lay down their arms. It also took the combined efforts of the British, the Americans, and the French Officers other than this militia to convince the Acadians to cease fire.

These settlers Canada left reluctantly, but the rest of the Acadians had been driven all the way to New Orleans, their farms and possessions burned by the British. Through intermarriages, the French became the Cajuns and the families are still trying to trace lost members today.

© 2008 Patty Inglish MS

Comments

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on January 10, 2008:

Thank you Peter.

Peter M. Lopez from Sweetwater, TX on January 09, 2008:

Fantastic hub, Patty.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on January 08, 2008:

I'm glad to see you write that you like the series. There is much more to come.

Wehzo on January 08, 2008:

Very good hub Patty. To say this series is interesting would be an understatement. It's chock full of information, thanks for sharing this.