We the People

Signed in convention September 17, 1787. Ratified June 21, 1788

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

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The Drafting Table

Explore key historical documents that inspired the Framers of the Constitution and each amendment during the drafting process, the early drafts and major proposals behind each provision, and discover how the drafters deliberated, agreed and disagreed, on the path to compromise and the final text.

In the Classroom

Teach the Constitution in your classroom with nonpartisan resources including videos, lesson plans, podcasts, and more. Check out our classroom resources organized by each article or amendment, and by key constitutional questions.

Media Library: The Preamble

Live At America's Town Hall Podcast

Revolutionary Prophecies

Feb 16

Town Hall Video

Revolutionary Prophecies: The Founders and America’s Future

Scholars Joanne Freeman, Robert McDonald, and Peter Onuf discuss their new edited volume Revolutionary Prophecies.

Feb 15

Blog Post

Forgotten Founders: Phillis Wheatley, African-American Poet of the Revolution

Phillis Wheatley was the first globally recognized African American female poet. She came to prominence during the American…

Feb 17

Educational Video

Scholar Exchange: Foundations of American Democracy with Kenneth C. Davis

In this Fun Friday session, bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis joins Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to examine the…

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