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A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873
Beginning with the Continental Congress in 1774, America's national legislative bodies have kept records of their proceedings. The records of the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and the United States Congress comprise a rich documentary history of the construction of the nation, the development of the federal government, and its role in the national life. A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation will bring together online the records and acts of Congress from the Continental Congress through the Forty-second Congress.
Publisher: Law Library of Congress.

Chronology of US Historical Documents
Includes Articles of Confederation, Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers, and many more.
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Law Center.

Constitution of the United States
Publisher: GPO Access.

Constitution of the State of Illinois
Publisher: State of Illinois. Legislative Reference Bureau.

Core Documents of U.S. Democracy
GPO Access makes these current and historical Federal Government documents available for free, permanent, public access because they define our democratic society. These titles contain information vital to the democratic process and critical to an informed electorate and support the public's right to know about the essential activities of their Government.
Publisher: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Cornell Law School, Legal Information Institute, Constitutional Law: An Overview
Provides a brief overview of the topic with a sidebar menu of links to primary source material (e.g., state and federal statutes, judicial decisions, and regulations) and key internet sources. There are also pages for Civil Rights, Equal Protection, First Amendment Rights (speech, press, assembly, religion), and Right of Privacy: Personal Autonomy.

FindLaw: Constitutional Law Web Sites
     Constitutions of the World
     State Constitutions

The Founders' Constitution
Edited by Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner. First published in 1986 in five oversized volumes with more than 3,200 double-column pages.
Publishers: University of Chicago Press and the Liberty Fund.

Historical Documents via THOMAS
Links to the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers, Broadsides from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, A Century of Lawmaking (see above site), and the Thomas Jefferson Papers.
Publisher: Library of Congress.

Justia: US Constitution Annotated
Analysis and Interpretation of the Constitution, prepared by the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress. Co-Editors: Johnny H. Killian, George A. Costello and Kenneth R. Thomas. Contributors: David M. Ackerman, Henry Cohen and Robert Meltz. 2002 Edition with updates from the 2004 Supplement.

U.S. Federal Documents
Includes links to modern and historic documents.
Publisher: Emory University Law Library Electronic Reference Desk.


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