FOUNDATIONS:. BACKGROUND TO AMERICAN HISTORY. The Big Questions:. What do the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights say? What has been the importance of these three documents to American history?
BACKGROUND TO AMERICAN HISTORY
Signers of the Declaration were representatives from all 13 colonies (there were 56 in all). Signing was an act of treason and was punishable by hanging
Individual rights for all:
Rights of the accused:
The notion that Americans stand together is expressed in the motto of the Great Seal of the U.S. “E Pluribus Unum” (out of many comes one)
Our national motto “In God We Trust” has been used on coins since 1864.