Constitution Day Resources from Gilder Lehrman

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US Constitution


The Antifederalists: The Other Founders of the American Constitutional Tradition?

Why We the People? Citizens as Agents of Constitutional Change

Race and the American Constitution: A Struggle toward National Ideals

Ordinary Americans and the Constitution


Nixon, Executive Power and the Constitution

The Three Constitutions

Calling the Constitutional Convention

Defining the Constitution

The US Constitution and the Concept of Originalism

Teaching the Constitution

In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th-Century America

Slavery and the Constitution

Anti-Federalism and Dissent in Constitutional History

Bill of Rights


“Father” of Our Country v. “Father” of the Bill of Rights

Differences between Federalists and Antifederalists

Winning the Vote: A History of Voting Rights

The Reconstruction Amendments: Official Documents as Social History


Lincoln, Civil Liberties, and the Constitution

Freedom of Religion: A Radical Innovation

Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic

Dred Scott and the Constitutionality of Slavery

1866: The Birth of Civil Rights

Introduction to Supreme Court Controversies throughout History

Key Moments in American Freedom

Founding Fathers


George Washington and the Constitution

Andrew Jackson and the Constitution

James Madison and the Constitution

Thomas Jefferson and Deism


Jefferson and the Constitution

Madison’s Influence on the US Constitution

Madison and the Constitution

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Teaching Resources

Common Core Units

Our Constitution: The Bills of Rights (Grades 4–6)

Our Constitution: The Bill of Rights (Grades 7–9)

Our Constitution: The Bill of Rights (Grades 10–12)

Lesson Plans

Philadelphia and the Constitutional Convention “Heat Up” (Grades K–6)

“Father” of our Country v. “Father” of the Bill of Rights (Grades 6–12)

Guided Readings and Study Aids

Conflict Over Ratifying the Constitution (Grades 9–12)

Study Aid: The Bill of Rights (Grades 5–9)

Study Aid: The Articles of Confederation (Grades 5–9)

The Survival of the Constitution (Grades 9–12)

Ratification Debates: A New York Case Study (Grades 9–12)

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