This handwritten congressional copy of the amendment that banned slavery is signed by President Lincoln and others.
The first charter, or constitution, adopted by the 13 states following the American Revolution.
The first ten Amendments to the Constitution form the Bill of Rights.
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.
The Declaration of Independence was written in 1776 by Thomas Jefferson.
Enacted in 1862, this edition of the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln.
Learn more about the delegates of the Constitutional Convention with these Founding Fathers biographies.
The Magna Carta, or “Great Charter,” established the rule of law.
This document was an agreement drafted by the settlers of the first New England colony.
A perspective by Richard R. Beeman, professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania.
A perspective by Kim Lane Scheppele, professor of law, political science, and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.
A perspective by Akhil Reed Amar, professor of law at Yale University Law School, and Douglas W. Kmiec, dean of Catholic University Law School.
Full text of the U.S. Constitution translated into Spanish.
Ten essential facts about the U.S. Constitution.
The first public printing of the Constitution was printed on September 19, 1787.
Read the full text of the U.S. Constitution.
An image of the original handwritten, signed U.S. Constitution.
The Constitution of the United States as a printable PDF file.
Full text of the U.S. Constitution translated into Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Simplified Chinese.
A series of newspaper articles drafted by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, urging ratification of the new Constitution.
These three constitutional amendments abolished slavery and guaranteed equal protection of the laws and the right to vote.
Drafted by George Mason, this declaration of rights later became a model for other state constitutions and the Bill of Rights.
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