The Documents of the Freedom Train - Port Huron Visit: August 27, 1948

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Letter by Christopher Columbus on the Discovery of America (1493)
Thirteenth Century Manuscript of Magna Carta
The Mayflower Compact
Pennsylvania Charter of Privileges of 1701


Declaration of the Nine Colonies (1765)
Thomas Jefferson's Statement on Rights of Colonists (1774)
Declaration of the People against Governor Berkeley
Letter of Caesar Rodney dated July 4, 1776, describing the Voting of Independence
Manuscript Essay of James Iredell stating the Rights of the Colonists


Jefferson's Rough Draft of the Declaration of Independence (June 11-28, 1776)
Original Letter of Ben Franklin & Silas Deane...copies...Declaration of Independence...Articles of Confederation...King of Prussia (Feb. 14, 1777)
Contemporary Manuscript Copy of the Declaration of Independence attested and Signed by Benjamin Franklin and Silas Deane
A Contemporary Manuscript Copy of the Articles of Confederation attested and Signed by Benjamin Franklin and Silas Deane 


Thomas Paine's Common Sense (1776)
Thomas Pain's The Crisis (1776)
Paul Revere's Commission as Official Messenger
Original Orders of the Continental Congress Increasing the Powers of General Washington
Letter of George Washington to Gouverneur Morris describing conditions at Winter Headquarters in 1780


First Account of the Battle of Lexington
"Glorious News" from Yorktown
The Treaty of Paris (1783)
President Washington's "To Bigotry No Sanction" Letter
Roger Williams' Statement on Religious Freedom


Jefferson's Bill for Religious Freedom (1784)
The Bay Psalm Book: The First Book Printed in the North American Colonies
The Federalist (1788)
John Jay's Original Corrected Manuscript Draft of Federalist Paper No. 5
The Virginia Plan of the Constitution of the United States (1787)
Washington's Own Copy of the Constitution


Journal of the Constitutional Convention (August 20, 1787, entry), when the Habeas Corpus clause was suggested for Inclusion in the Constitution
Draft Report...of the Constitutional Convention showing earliest provisions for Trial by Jury as part of the U. S. Constitution (August 1787)
Pennsylvania's Ratification of the Federal Constitution (1789)
The Bill of Rights (1789)


George Mason's Draft of the Declaration of Rights to be proposed by the Virginia Convention as Amendments to the U. S. Constitution (June 1788)
Official Manuscript List of proposed Amendments protecting Civil Rights submitted by Virginia with Her Ratification of the Constitution (1789)
Congress' Working Drafts of the First Amendments to the Constitution - The Bill of Rights (1789)
Congressional Resolution that President submit First Proposed Amendments to States (1789)


Virginia's Ratification of the Bill of Rights (1791)
Thomas Jefferson's Letter to James Madison...on the proposed U. S. Constitution & his regret at the omission of a Bill of Rights (Dec. 20, 1787)
James Madison's Letter to Thomas Jefferson...Madison...introduced...for the Amendment...Guarantee Basic Personal Rights (June 13, 1789)
Alexander Hamilton's Original Manuscript Outline of subjects of part of The Federalist (1788)
Alexander Hamilton's Original Manuscript Draft of his report on the Public Credit (1790)
Alexander Hamilton's Original Manuscript Draft of George Washington's Farewell Address (July 1796)


William Colbreath's Manuscript Account of the First Known Military Raising of the American Flag (August 3, 1777)
Original Manuscript of "The Star Spangled Banner"
Washington's Revolutionary War Account Book Written in His Own Hand (1775-83)
President Washington's Farewell Address (1796)
Abraham Lincoln's Draft of the Emancipation Proclamation (July 14, 1862)


The Emancipation Proclamation
Senate Version of Joint Resolution proposing Amendment to Abolish Slavery (1864)
Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (November 19, 1863)
Letter of Henry Laurens of South Carolina Attacking Slavery (August 14, 1776)
General Robert E. Lee's Letter Accepting the Presidency of Washington College (August 24, 1865)


Abraham Lincoln's Baltimore Address (April 18, 1864)
Petition of the National Woman Suffrage Association to Congress (1873)
Petition of Matilda Hindman asking Congress not to Disenfranchise Utah Women (1874)
The Nineteenth Amendment - The Joint Resolution of Congress proposing an Amendment...extending the Right of Suffrage to Women (1919)


The Northwest Ordinance (1787)
Original Letter from President McKinley to William Howard Taft, President of the Philippine Commission (1900)
Proclamation of Independence of the Philippines, signed by President Harry S. Truman (1946)


Original Letter of President Theodore Roosevelt to Secretary of War William Howard Taft...keeping...promise to Get Out of Cuba (1907)
Proclamation of Richard P. Leary, Naval Governor of the Isle of Guam, abolishing Slavery and Peonage (1900)
Original Letter of the Marquis de Lafayette to General Washington (1788)


Original Letter of Thaddeus Kosciuszko to General Nathanael Greene (1786)
Original Letter from Thomas Paine to Benjamin Rush written from Paris (March 16, 1790)
Miranda, the Father of South American Freedom, appeals to President John Adams for Aid from the United States (1798)
Original Letter of Louis Kossuth to President Fillmore (1852)


Deborah Gannett's Deposition in Her Claim for a Pension for Revolutionary War Service (1818)
Patrick Henry's Instructions to George Rogers Clark on Defense of the Northwest Frontier
Letter from John Paul Jones to Gouverneur Morris
Claim for Pension for Service on Submarine in the American Revolution


American-Canadian Friendship
Benjamin Franklin's Own Epitaph in His Own Hand
The Tribute of France to the Memory of Dr. Franklin
The Thanks of the Congress of the United States to the French Nation (March 2, 1791)
Jefferson's Letter of June 17, 1785, from Paris to James Monroe praising America


Letter of John Jay to John Trumbull in which is coined the word "Americanize" (October 1797)
Original Letter in Siamese from King Mongkut of Siam offering to send a Gift of Elephants to the President of the United States (1861)
Andrew Jackson's Letter to the Secretary of War describing the Battle of New Orleans (1815)


Logbook of the U. S. Frigate "Constitution" (1815)
Eleven Treasury Bonds dating from 1779 through 1947, each symbolizing the Financial Support of the American People for...Freedom
Letter (Dec. 28, 1908), Secretary of State Elihu Root to Pres. Theodore Roosevelt...President's Message (Jan. 4, 1909)...Boxer Indemnity Funds
Land Scrip issued to New York for the Establishment of a College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (1862)


John Peter Zenger's New York Weekly Journal, Issue No. 48 (September 1734)
John Peter Zenger's New York Weekly Journal No. 55 (November 25, 1734)
John Peter Zenger's New York Weekly Journal No. 93 (August 18, 1735)
Benjamin Franklin's Editorial on Zenger Printed in the Pennsylvania Gazette, 1737
The North Briton, No. 45 (April 23, 1763)
Alton Trials (New York, 1838)
An Essay on the Liberty of the Press by George Hay (1799)


John Milton's Areopagitica (1644)
Thomas Jefferson's Letter to Thomas Seymour (February 11, 1807)
Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington (January 16, 1787)
Original Typescript Draft of the Covenant of the League of Nations (1918)
Declaration by the United Nations (1942)
The United Nations Charter (1945)


Proclamation of an Unlimited National Emergency (May 27, 1941)
The Selection of General Eisenhower as Supreme Commander of the Allied Invasion of Western Europe
Agreement for the Invasion of Western Europe
Congratulations from the Secretary of War to the Supreme Commander
Last Message from Corregidor


"Merry Christmas" from Bastogne
Admiral Spruance Reports on Operations at Iwo Jima
Admiral Halsey's Report on Naval Action in Philippine Waters
Admiral Nimitz's Battle Report of Midway
Secretary of the Navy Knox Praises the United States Marine Corps


Personal Report of General Stilwell to General Marshall (January 28, 1944)
President Roosevelt's Tribute to Captain Colin Kelly
General Clark's Victory Message
Instrument of Surrender of Japanese Forces in the Philippine Islands


Surrender of Japanese Forces on Truk
Germany Surrenders Unconditionally
Surrender of Japanese Forces on Wake Island
Surrender of Japanese Forces in the Ryukyus
Log of the USS "Missouri" - Japanese Surrender


General Eisenhower's Personal Flag
Commodore Perry's Flag
Iwo Jima Flag
Geruma Shima Flag
Flag Flown from USS "Missouri" when the Japanese Surrendered


Publications of The American Heritage Foundation:
   "Good Citizen" - A Handbook of American Citizenship
   "Our American Heritage" - Showing major Freedom Train Documents
   "Heritage of Freedom" - All the documents on the Freedom Train
   "The Documents on the Freedom Train" - A Guidebook and Catalog


The American Heritage Foundation [names of officers & board of trustees]

Back Inset

The Freedom Pledge

Back Cover

The Nine Promises of a Good Citizen