Explore the Constitution with the Gilder Lehrman Institute

September 17 is Constitution Day, a time to celebrate the US Constitution, the oldest written national framework for government in the world. Take the opportunity to discover and appreciate its history, content, and meaning with Gilder Lehrman resources on the Constitution, from online exhibitions to scholarly interpretations:

Creating the Constitution

Online Exhibit: “We the People”: Printings of the US Constitution from the Gilder Lehrman Collection

Infographic: Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists

Essay: James Madison and the Constitution

Video: Calling the Constitutional Convention

Primary Source: Printing of the Constitution Distributed in New York, 1788

Amending the Constitution

Primary Source: Speech in Favor of the Twelfth Amendment, 1803

Primary Source: Fifteenth Amendment Resolution, 1869

Essay: The Reconstruction Amendments: Official Documents as Social History

Essay: The Nineteenth Amendment and the Movement for Women's Suffrage

The Constitution and the American People

Essay: Ordinary Americans and the Constitution

Essay: Race and the American Constitution: A Struggle Towards National Ideals

Video: Slavery and the Constitution

Essay: Why We the People? Citizens as Agents of Constitutional Change

For more, visit Constitution Day Resources from the Gilder Lehrman Institute.


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