On Dec. 8, 2004, President George W. Bush signed a bill (Public Law 108-447) that designates every Sept. 17 as Constitution Day. The date is significant because on Sept. 17, 1787 the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the constitution they had created. Click on the following links to learn more about the U.S. Constitution from the many resources available through the Miller Center.
In the Library
On the Web
- Text and Images of United States Constitution
- Other Primary Documents
- Celebrating Constitution Day (Congress Quarterly Press: In Context)
- Lesson Plans
- Other Web sites
In the Library
To begin the world anew: the genius and ambiguities of the American founders / by Bernard Bailyn.
Lincoln's Constitution / Daniel Farber.
Magna Carta: manuscripts and myths / Claire Breay.
Constitutionalism and American culture: writing the new constitutional history / edited by Sandra F. VanBurkleo, Kermit L. Hall, and Robert J. Kaczorowski; foreword by Stanley N. Katz. Lawrence, Kan.
How democratic is the American Constitution? / Robert A. Dahl.
Our secret constitution: how Lincoln redefined American democracy / George P. Fletcher.
Constitutions of the world / Robert L. Maddex.
Freedom and time: a theory of constitutional self-government / Jed Rubenfeld.
Abraham Lincoln: a constitutional biography / George Anastaplo.
Negotiating the Constitution: the earliest debates over original intent / Joseph M. Lynch.
An economic interpretation of the Constitution of the United States / Charles A. Beard; with a new introduction by Louis Fuller.
Free in the world: American slavery and constitutional failure / Mark E. Brandon.
John Adams and the spirit of liberty / C. Bradley Thompson.
Inventing a nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson / Gore Vidal.
John Adams: party of one / James Grant.
The dynamic Constitution: an introduction to American constitutional law / Richard H. Fallon, Jr.
The elite consensus: when corporations wield the Constitution / by George Draffan; with a foreword by Richard L. Grossman and Ward Morehouse.
Women and the United States Constitution: history, interpretation, and practice / edited by Sibyl A. Schwarzenbach and Patricia Smith.
Presidential leadership: rating the best and the worst in the White House / edited by James Taranto and Leonard Leo.
James Madison / Garry Wills.
James Madison and the creation of the American Republic / Jack N. Rakove ; edited by Oscar Handlin.
Alexander Hamilton / Ron Chernow.
Alexander Hamilton and the persistence of myth / Stephen F. Knott.
Alexander Hamilton, American / Richard Brookhiser.
The American presidency: origins and development, 1776-2002 / Sidney M. Milkis, Michael Nelson.
Becoming America: the revolution before 1776 / Jon Butler.
Electronic Books (use NetLibrary to access e-books)
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Economic Effects of Constitutions / Torsten Persson, Guido Tabellini.
Daily Life During the American Revolution / Dorothy Volo, James Volo.
Jefferson 's Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism / Roger Wilkins.
Our Elusive Constitution: Silences, Paradoxes, Priorities / Daniel Hoffman.
The Bill of Rights: A Bicentennial Assessment / Gary Bryner.
The Constitution, the Law and Freedom of Expression, 1787-1987 / James Stewart.
- Constitutional history
- Constitutional history--United States
- Constitutional Amendments--United States
- Constitutional Law--United Stats
On the Web
America 's Historical Documents http://www.archives.gov/historical-docs
Constitution of the United States (1787) image from OurDocuments.gov http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=9
Making of the U.S. Constitution: Transcription of the Introduction and the U.S. Constitution from the First Volume of the Annals of Congress from the Library of Congress http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/ac001/lawpres.html
Journals of the Continental Congress http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwjc.html
Primary Documents in American History: United States Constitution from the Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/Constitution.html
Who's the Father of the Constitution? Library of Congress Wise Guide http://www.loc.gov/wiseguide/may05/constitution.html
The James Madison Papers from the Library of Congress http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/madison_papers
The Federalist Papers from Thomas.gov and Project Gutenberg http://thomas.loc.gov/home/histdox/fedpapers.html
Congressional Quarterly Press: In Context
Includes background on Constitution, lesson plans, Pro/Con Debates on Constitutional Issues, Government Powers, and Constitutional Factoids and more.
Teaching with Documents: Observing Constitution Day from National Archives and Records Administration http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/constitution-day
In Congress Assembled: Continuity and Change in Governing of the United States from Library of Congress (Teacher Lesson Plans) http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/lessons/constitu/conintro.html
A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates: 1774-1873 from Library of Congress (Teacher Lesson Plans) http://memory.loc.gov/learn/collections/law
The Constitution: Counter Revolution or National Salvation? from Library of Congress (Teacher Lesson Plans) http://memory.loc.gov/learn/lessons/broad/intro.html
Celebrating Constitution Day http://www.constitutionday.us
Constitution Day, Inc. http://constitutionday.com
Constitution Fast Facts from National Constitution Center http://constitutioncenter.org/ncc_edu_The_Constitution_Fast_Facts.aspx