Historical Documents

13th Amendment, Congressional Copy

This handwritten congressional copy of the amendment that banned slavery is signed by President Lincoln and others.

Articles of Confederation

The first charter, or constitution, adopted by the 13 states following the American Revolution.

Bill of Rights

The first ten Amendments to the Constitution form the Bill of Rights.

Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline

Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline is an online experience highlighting some of the key dates and events that mark more than 200 years of our constitutional history.

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Getting to Know the Founding Fathers

Learn more about the delegates of the Constitutional Convention with these Founding Fathers biographies.

Magna Carta

The Magna Carta, or “Great Charter,” established the rule of law.

Mayflower Compact

This document was an agreement drafted by the settlers of the first New England colony.

Perspectives on the Constitution: A Republic, If You Can Keep It

A perspective by Richard R. Beeman, professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania.

Perspectives on the Constitution: Constitutions Around the World

A perspective by Kim Lane Scheppele, professor of law, political science, and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Perspectives on the Constitution: Understanding Our Constitution

A perspective by Akhil Reed Amar, professor of law at Yale University Law School, and Douglas W. Kmiec, dean of Catholic University Law School.

The Constitution of the United States: En Espanol

Full text of the U.S. Constitution translated into Spanish.

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The Constitution of the United States: Fast Facts

Ten essential facts about the U.S. Constitution.

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The Constitution of the United States: First Public Printing

The first public printing of the Constitution was printed on September 19, 1787.

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The Constitution of the United States: Original Image

An image of the original handwritten, signed U.S. Constitution.

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The Constitution of the United States: PDF

The Constitution of the United States as a printable PDF file.

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The Constitution of the United States: PDF Translations

Full text of the U.S. Constitution translated into Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Simplified Chinese.

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The Federalist Papers

A series of newspaper articles drafted by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, urging ratification of the new Constitution.

The Reconstruction Amendments

These three constitutional amendments abolished slavery and guaranteed equal protection of the laws and the right to vote.

Virginia Declaration of Rights

Drafted by George Mason, this declaration of rights later became a model for other state constitutions and the Bill of Rights.