Primary sources

Key Documents

The Declaration of Independence

The Constitition of the United States of America with Explanatory Notes

The Constitution: Analysis and Intepretation

РAn article-by-article and amendment-by-amendment text from the Library of Congress with annotations outlining pertinent Supreme Court cases.

The Federalist Papers

The Anti-Federalist Papers

 

Supplemental

Text of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution with selected defense-related appendices

Confederation Congress and the Constitution

James Madison: Vices of the Political System of the United States

James Madison: notes of debates in Congress

Anti-Federalist Papers Index

Proceedings and Report of the Commissioners at Annapolis, Maryland, 11-14 September 1786

Confederation Congress Calls the Constitutional Convention, 21 February 1787

Harrington: To the Freemen of the United States Pennsylvania Gazette, 30 May 1787

A Second Constitutional Convention, 12-15 September 1787

Rhode Island’s Reasons for Refusal to Appoint Delegates, 15 September 1787

The President of the Convention to the President of Congress, 17 September 1787

Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, Vol. 1 (May 14 – July 13)

Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, Vol. 2 (July 14 – September 17)

Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, Vol. 3 (supplementary records and index)

The Debates in the Several State Conventions of the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, Vol. 1

The Debates in the Several State Conventions of the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, Vol. 2

The Debates in the Several State Conventions of the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, Vol. 3

The Debates in the Several State Conventions of the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, Vol. 4