Welcome to American Freedom Corp, where we “Celebrate the origins of freedom in the Great Law of Peace, Declaration of Independence, the American Constitution and the Bill of Rights”!
“We the People” comes from an ancient Native American phrase describing freedom of speech and equality among the people. Those “We the People” who would like to increase their knowledge of the true historical origins of the American Constitution and it’s meaning to the BIRTH of freedom. Below are transcripts of our National Treasures from the National Archives.
This is absolutely, unequivocally historical fact.
When the Founding Fathers looked for examples of effective government and human liberty upon which to model a Constitution to unite the thirteen colonies, they found it in the Great Law of Peace of the Iroquois Nation.
In 1987, the United States Senate acknowledged that the Great Law of Peace of the Iroquois Nations served as a model for the Constitution of the United States.
(U.S. S. Con. Res. 76, 2 Dec. 1987). https://www.congress.gov/bill/100th-congress/senate-concurrent-resolution/76
In the 18th Century, the Iroquois Confederation under the Great Law of Peace was the oldest, most highly evolved, participatory, self-representative government on Earth.
The Great Law of Peace was a 1000 year old vehicle for creating harmony, unity and respect among human beings. Its recognition of individual liberty and justice surpassed that of any democracies or government in existence, at that time.
Benjamin Franklin was the official printer for the Iroquois Confederation. He was responsible for printing the official records of the proceeding and meeting minutes of the Iroquois Nations, as theirs was a 1000 year old oral tradition. Benjamin Franklin and his understanding of Indian law was an immensely important impact on the birth of a nation. Franklin published Indian treaty accounts from 1736 to 1760 and attended Iroquois council meetings. He became intimately familiar with their culture and affairs. Franklin understood the strength of the Six Nations, particularly in contrast to the feeble disunity of the colonies and shared this with the other Founders, Jefferson, Madison, etc.
Our Founding Fathers learned from The Great Law of Peace these principles:
Freedom of speech,
Freedom of religion,
The right of women to participate in government,
Separation of powers,
Checks and balances within government.
A government “of the people, by the people and for the people”
”Three branches of government: Two houses and a Grand counsel,
A Women’s Council, which is the Iroquois equivalent of our Supreme Court – settling disputes and judging legal violations.
The central idea underlying Iroquois political philosophy is that peace is the will of the Creator, and the ultimate spiritual goal and natural order among humans.
“White Roots of Peace” Paul Wallace
“The Great Law of Peace: Did It Influence the Formation of the United States Government?” Jo Olson
“The Iroquois and the Origins of American Democracy” Dr. Donald A. Grinde
“Hiawatha and the Iroquois Confederation” Horatio Hale
“The Effect of the Iroquois Constitution on the United States Constitution” Janet L. Daly