Constitution Day

United States Constitution

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Articles of Confederation
Full text of the first Constitution, effective 1781.
Constitution (via Cornell Law School)
Text of the Constitution with links to annotations.
Constitution of the United States Annotated (FDsys)
Browse alphabetical list for "The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation." Annotated with references to Supreme Court cases as of June 29, 2010.
The Annenberg Guide to the United States Constitution
For each article and amendment: what it says, what it means.

Historic Records

Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution
Debates and background materials on the adoption of the Federal Constitution in the State Conventions. Use Index to browse for states. May search the full text.
Federalist Papers
A series of 85 essays written by John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison on the provisions of the Constitution. Published under the pseudonym Publius. Used widely today to interpret the intentions of the authors of the Constitution.
Anti-Federalist Papers
Argued against ratification of the Constitution.
FindLaw U.S. Constitution
Explore links for detailed annotations on legal cases interpreting each article and amendment to the Constitution.
Records of the Federal Convention
Besides notes written by James Madison, has notes and letters written by many others at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Includes proposed constitutional plans. Three of the four volumes are online.

Celebrate Constitution Day

Constitution Day (National Archives)
View high resolution images of the original, signed Constitution; see a transcription of the document; read the history of the Constitutional Convention; learn dozens of fascinating facts about the Constitution which was signed on September 17, 1787.
In Context: Celebrating Constitution Day (CQ Press)
Site contains lesson plans for teachers, background histories about the Constitution, articles on governmental powers, pro/con debates on Constitutional issues from The CQ Researcher, and more.
Professor Dave Rausch's Constitution Day Web Site
Dr. Rausch and his spouse, librarian Mary Rausch, have put together a great list of links for Constitution Day.