- National Archives Store Exclusive
- National Archives Rotunda tote bag containing:
- The Charters of Freedom replica documents
- Charters of Freedom postcard set
- Boxed Declaration of Independence pen
- U.S. Constitution bookmark
- U.S. Constitution ruler
- U.S. Constitution mints
- Things Every American Should Know
- National Archives seal mug
- National Archives Rotunda magnet
We are delighted to offer our exclusive, premium Charters of Freedom package!
Celebrate our history and the amazing National Archives with this specially priced bundled package of patriotic goodies from the National Archives Store. As a wonderful holiday gift, or as a treat for yourself, this collection of special items is priced just right.
The Charters of Freedom Package features our Charters of Freedom documents: parchment replicas of the Declaration, Constitution and Bill of Rights that have been aged through a unique process that has produced crinkles and characteristics of old documents; a set of Charters of Freedom postcards, a boxed Declaration of Independence pen, a U.S. Constitution ruler, bookmark and mints, a National Archives seal mug, Rotunda magnet, Stuff Every American Should Know and a stylish National Archives Rotunda reusable tote bag.
Drafted by 33 year old Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty. It was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, and announced that the 13 American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as independent states and no longer a part of the British Empire. Instead, they formed a union that would become a new nation: the United States of America.
The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America. The Constitution originally consisted of seven Articles. The first three Articles embody the doctrine of the separation of powers, whereby the federal government is divided into three branches: the legislature, consisting of the bicameral Congress; the executive, consisting of the President; and the judiciary, consisting of the Supreme Court and other federal courts.
On September 25, 1789, the First Congress of the United States proposed 12 amendments to the Constitution. Ten of the 12 were ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures on December 15, 1791. The ratified Articles constitute the first 10 amendments of the Constitution, or the U.S. Bill of Rights. In 1992, 203 years after it was proposed, Article 2 was ratified as the 27th Amendment to the Constitution. Article 1 was never ratified.