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UNDERSTANDING THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
AND ITS FOUNDING INFLUENCES


General U.S. Constitution Sites

Constitution.org A wealth of information on the U.S. Constitution, including topic pages, information on the founding principles, and a test of your constitutional knowledge.
Avalon Project A project by Yale University concerning all things U.S. Constitution and early American politics and law.
Library of Congress A great resource for Constitution-era materials and any historical document.
U.S. Constitution.net Includes plain text version of the Constitution, topic areas, and a search function for easier access to your Constitution.
Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention Documents from this era relating to the founding of America and its system of laws.
National Constitution Center Explore the U.S. Constitution online.

Full Text Online

U.S. Constitution – Library of Congress
U.S. Constitution – House of Representatives
U.S. Constitution Online (Full Text) – Cornell University

Search and Analysis

Founder’s Constitution
FindLaw: Search the Constitution
Constitution: Analysis and Interpretation
U.S. Constitution Resource Centre
U.S. Constitution.net
The Searchable U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights
Higher Law and the U.S. Constitution


The Bill of Rights

Library of Congress – Bill of Rights
Bill of Rights
National Archives Experience- The Bill of Rights


Related Relevant Documents

Philosophical Influences

James Harrington “Oceana”
John Locke “Civil Government-Second Treatise”
John Locke Biography
Montesquieu “Spirit of the Laws"
Quotes by Baron de Montesquieu
Thomas Hobbes “Leviathan”

Machiavelli “The Prince”

Important Documents from Early American History

Pre-Constitution Colonial Charters and Grants  
The Virginia Declaration of Rights

The Articles of Confederation

The Federalist Papers
Thomas Paine's “The Rights of Man”
Thomas Paine's “The Age of Reason”


The Founding Fathers

Founding Fathers Information
National Archives: U.S. Constitution Delegates
Biographies of American Presidents

Quotes from the Founding Fathers

James Madison Museum
James Madison Papers Online
James Madison Center

Alexander Hamilton on the Web
Detailed Biography of Alexander Hamilton

The Thomas Jefferson Papers
Thomas Jefferson Digital Archive
Jefferson Archived Works Online
Searchable Annotated Bibliography of Jefferson

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Ben Franklin: A Documentary History
Writings of Ben Franklin

John Adams Papers
John Adams Biography
John Adams View on Secular Government

George Washington Papers
More George Washington Papers


Constitutionalism

Constitutionalism
Constitutionalism with Extensive Bibliography
About.com - Constitutionalism

Museums

Charters of Freedom Exhibit from the National Archives
National Constitution Center Museum