While we have some good ideas of our own, but much of what inspires us are the foundational documents that continue to shape how our country runs today. Some of those documents include:

 

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death—Patrick Henry (1775)

 

The Crisis No. 1—Thomas Paine (1776)

 

The Declaration of Independence (1776)

 

The Constitution of the United States (1787)

 

The Original U.S. Bill of Rights, including the first two that did not make the final cut (1789)

 

Federalist # 10 (1787)

 

The Entire Federalist Papers (1787)

 

Inspired by the Social Contract theorists of the Enlightenment and the success of the Americans, the French drafted The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen (1789)