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U.S. History Topics » Government » U.S. Constitution

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TeachingHistory.org provides lessons, teaching guides, best practices, and other resources for teaching history. See videos on "what is historical thinking," teaching history in elementary school, and...  (TeachingHistory.org, supported by Department of Education)
9/11 and the Constitution provides four Constitution Day lessons that explore who we are as Americans. Students examine principles in the Declaration of Independence and Preamble to the Constitution, evaluate...  (Center for Civic Education, supported by Department of Education)
Educational Resources features lesson plans that invite students to examine George Washington's annotated copy of an early draft of the Constitution, compare Thomas Jefferson's original draft of the...  (Library of Congress)
Madison's Treasures presents the most significant documents from our fourth President, James Madison. Most relate to two events in which Madison played a key role: the drafting and ratification of the...  (Library of Congress)
James Madison Papers includes 12,000 letters, notes, legislation, and other documents from the man considered the Father of the Constitution. These documents (1723-1836), including an autobiography, help...  (Library of Congress)
The Federalist Papers offers the 85 essays urging New Yorkers to ratify the proposed Constitution. First published in New York City newspapers (1787-1788), the essays explained how the new government would...  (Library of Congress)
Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention Broadsides provides 274 documents related to Congress (1774 to 1788) and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. Items include the journals of Congress, resolutions, proclamations...  (Library of Congress)
Charters of Freedom features primary documents that shaped U.S. history. See images of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Learn about the Articles of Confederation...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
America's Founding Fathers features biographies of delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in May 1787. The 55 delegates had been sent by the 13 states to revise the Articles of...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Liberty! The American Revolution is an online companion to the 6-part PBS series. It begins in the aftermath of the French and Indian War and ends with the creation of the Constitution. Chronologies, short...  (KTCA, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Independence Hall: International Symbol of Freedom recounts the history of the building in Philadelphia where the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence and where, a decade later, delegates to the...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Interactive Constitution lets you search the Constitution and find relevant passages and explanations. Discover how the Constitution relates to more than 300 topics, from civil rights to school prayer...  (National Constitution Center)
Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline is an interactive timeline of events marking more than 200 years of our constitutional history. These events tell the evolving story of our Constitution and the role it continues to...  (National Constitution Center)
United States Constitution includes notes Washington wrote on his copy of the Constitution, his diary at the Constitutional Convention, an essay on Madison's role in the Constitutional Convention, Madison's...  (Library of Congress)
Constitution Toolkit includes images of newspaper articles (1787), notes Washington and Jefferson wrote on drafts of the Constitution (1787-88), Jefferson’s chart of state votes (1788), Washington's...  (Library of Congress)
Creating the United States offers primary documents related to the creation of the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Learn about the beliefs on which the American republic was...  (Library of Congress)
Constitution Day Resources features primary documents, lesson plans, and stories for kids. Stories tell about the Articles of Confederation, James Madison's contribution to the Constitution, the adoption of the...  (Library of Congress)
U.S. Constitution Workshop is a "self-service" online workshop for teachers that uses primary documents to help students see the impact and ongoing relevance of the Constitution. It requires little advance...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Constitution of the U.S. recounts how the Constitution was created and ratified. Learn about the Bill of Rights. Read biographies of the Founding Fathers -- the 55 delegates who gathered in Philadelphia (May...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Celebrate Constitution Day is a month-long celebration of the U.S. Constitution. A pre-recorded discussion examines the impact of today's high-speed communications and instantaneous news on constitutional...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Constitution: Counter Revolution or National Salvation? casts students in the role of politically active citizens in 1787, when the Federal Convention in Philadelphia presented the nation with a new model of government. Students, using...  (Library of Congress)
In Congress Assembled: Continuity and Change in the Governing of the United States provides lesson plans on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, issues that confronted the first Congress, and broadsides from the Continental Congress calling for special days of...  (Library of Congress)
United States v. Thomas Cooper: A Violation of the Sedition Law presents facsimiles of 8 printed and hand-written documents surrounding the case of Thomas Cooper, a lawyer and newspaper editor in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, who was indicted, prosecuted...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Constitutional Issues: Separation of Powers explores the important Constitutional mechanism providing for the separation of powers of government among three branches so that each branch checks the other two. Lesson plans use the...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Observing Constitution Day features a discussion about the Constitutional Convention and the Constitution. Lists of delegates, issues involved in the creation and ratification of the document, and its...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Constitutional Issues: Watergate and the Constitution examines Constitutional issues surrounding the resignation of President Nixon and looks at the specific question: Should the Watergate Special Prosecutor seek an indictment of the...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
We the People... The Citizen and the Constitution helps elementary and secondary school students understand the history and principles of our constitutional government. The program focuses on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights...  (Center for Civic Education, supported by Department of Education)

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