On September 17th, 1787, thirty-nine delegates to the Philadelphia Convention completed and signed the U.S. Constitution. We observe this day to commemorate the signing of the Constitution and to think about how the U.S. Constitution affects us today.
Contains 277 documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. Items include extracts of the journals of Congress, resolutions, proclamations, committee reports, treaties, and early printed versions of the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
The Federalist Papers were a series of eighty-five essays urging the citizens of New York to ratify the new United States Constitution. Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, the essays originally appeared anonymously in New York newspapers in 1787 and 1788 under the pen name "Publius." The Federalist Papers are considered one of the most important sources for interpreting and understanding the original intent of the Constitution.
Includes: Journals of the Continental Congress; Eliot's The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution; and Farrand's The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787
The framers of The Constitution of the United States chose population to be the basis for sharing political power, not wealth or land. This guide created by the Census Bureau includes teaching guides, activities, and historic census documents