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U.S. Constitution

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The Penguin Guide to the United States Constitution - Richard Beeman
Call Number: KF4541 .B44 2010 (Library North, floor 4)
A fully annotated Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and amendments, and selections from the Federalist Papers.



At the time of the Convention positions of both sides of the Constitution question were published as essays in the newspapers.

American Periodicals Series Online
Call Number: Library Database
Periodicals and newspapers that began publishing between 1740 and 1900, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, etc.

Black Thought & Culture
Call Number: Library Database
Non-fiction writings by major American black leaders—teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, war veterans, entertainers, and other figures (1700-present).

The Federalist papers; a collection of essays written in support of the Constitution of the United States
Call Number: KF4515 .F45 1966. Library North, 4
Written in support of the Constitution all the essays were signed "Publius." The authors were Hamilton, Jay, and Madison.

Observations on the proposed Constitution for the United States of America, clearly shewing it to be a complete system of aristocracy and tyranny, and destructive of the rights and liberties of the people.
Call Number: Z1215.E923 E28 1981 no. 21344 [microfom - Library North, 1]
This collection includes the Letters of Centinel. The Letters of Centinel, attributed to Anti-Federalist Samual Bryan were published by The Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer and the Philadelphia Freeman's Journal between 1787 & 1788.


Articles of Confederation (1781-1789)

The Articles of Confederation served as a constitution for the 13 independant states after the Revolution.

Articles of Confederation: Digital Archive
Call Number: Website: Library of Congress
The Articles of Confederation plus supporting documentation such as writings of James Madison and articles from the popular press.


Constitutional Convention & Ratification (1787 - 1788)

By the time of the Constitutional Convention most all agreed that change had to happen - but to what degree? This question generated great debate and compromise.

The Constitution of the United States
Call Number: Website - National Archives
Click on: Read Transcript

Birth of the Bill of Rights: encyclopedia of the Antifederalists - Jon L. Wakelyn
Call Number: Ref. E302.5 .W35 2004 (Library North, floor 2)
Reference Collection - 2 volumes

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution
Call Number: Ref. KF4548 .E53 2000 (Library North, floor 2)
Reference Collection (6 volumes)

The Founders' Constitution - Philip B. Kurland
Call Number: Ref. KF4502 .F68 1987 (Library North, floor 2)
Reference Collection - 5 volumes

Ratification: the people debate the Constitution, 1787-1788
Call Number: KF4541 .M278 2010 (Library North, floor 4)

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