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December, 2007

Charters of Freedom
The Declaration, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights. 'Nuff said.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

This interactive site developed by the National Archives features the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights, as well as information on how they were created and their impact.
The site is well organized with links to the main sections prominently displayed on the front page as graphics. There is also a top navigation bar and a search option in the bottom navigation bar.

Charters of Freedom explores the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights from their conception to their impact. Visitors to the site will find high resolution images of each of the documents as well as other related images from the National Archives, articles, printer friendly versions and more. There is an interactive version of the 1936 Faulkner Murals that have been recently restored in the Rotunda of the National Archives Building in Washington D.C. and a Founding Fathers feature that is not to be missed. It contains an index of all the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in May, 1787, that links to brief biographies of each member. There were 55 members but only 39 of them actually signed the Constitution. They were a varied group of individuals ranging in age from 26-year-old Jonathan Dayton to 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin, who had to be carried to sessions in a sedan chair. Another interactive feature, the Signers Gallery, allows users to learn more about the signers of the Declaration of Independence and choose a signature style with which add their own name alongside those of our forefathers on an online version of the document.


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