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The American political tradition, grounded in the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, teaches that nation-states based on individual freedom, equality under law, and the consent of the governed are the best means for securing the rights that inhere in all persons.  To make the documents that help form that tradition more widely available to the peoples of the world, we present here translations into a variety of languages.

U.S. Department of State

The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future