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Primary Sources: America (U.S.A.) History

The U.S. Constitution ratified in 1788, serves as the supreme law of the United States, outlining the structure of the federal government and safeguarding fundamental rights. Its framework establishes a system of checks and balances among three branches—executive, legislative, and judicial—ensuring no single branch becomes too powerful. The Constitution's Bill of Rights, added in 1791, guarantees individual liberties such as freedom of speech, religion, and assembly. Enduring as a beacon of democracy, the Constitution adapts to societal changes through amendments while maintaining the principles of justice, equality, and the rule of law, shaping the course of American governance and identity.

The U.S. Constitution Primary Source Subject Guide offers a curated selection of original documents, debates, and analyses surrounding the creation and interpretation of the foundational law of the United States. Through primary sources such as the Federalist Papers, congressional records, and Supreme Court decisions, readers explore the Constitution's historical context, principles, and ongoing significance in shaping American governance.

Book Sources on the U.S. Constitution

Online Sources: Constitution of the United States of America 

Videos on the U.S. Constitution