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Constitution Day: About the U. S. Constitution

Learn about Constitution Day through various U. S. Government and Livingston Lord Library resources.

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.   -- Preamble to the U.S. Constitution

The Constitution at the National Archives

Making of the Charters

Federalist Papers

The official Constitution Day website

It's right here!

First Amendment Encylopedia

Explore freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and freedom of assembly in the context of landmark and current court cases, current events and more.

Free to access, this online encyclopedia from Middle Tennessee State University contains more than 1,500 essays and articles about court decisions, doctrines, people, law and events.

Constitution of the United States

  • Bill of Rights
  • Charters of Freedom
  • Constitution
  • Declaration of Independence
  • The First Constitution: Articles of the Confederation

Examine Washington's annotated copy

Source:  DocsTeach, National Archives

Treatise on the U. S. Constitution

View The Constitution of the United States of America:  Analysis and Interpretation (Centennial Edition, 2016) (CONAN) (opens PDF document, 2800+ pp.)

or browse individual chapters.

The CONAN has evolved from the very beginning as the need was then recognized for a comprehensive guide to our nation's constitution.  This guide continues to grow with Supreme Court interpretations of constitutional law.

The Library of Congress offers a free mobile search app to the CONAN.

Creating the United States - A Library of Congress Exhibit

Material for this LibGuide is used with the generous permission of Lucy Duhon, Scholarly Communications Librarian for the Carlson Library at the University of Toledo