The United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence

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The table below includes links to text, relevant videos, and other resources.

See also: ConText. “The Notes of Debates in ConText addresses a real need in our constitutional scholarship. There is currently no systematic, accessible commentary on the Notes that explains the details and context of each decision made at the [constitutional] convention, while also describing the subsequent (and ongoing) debates over constitutional meaning that have stemmed from those decisions. With this site, we are providing the most up-to-date analysis of the Framers’ debates by some of the country’s leading academic voices.” – From the Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier in partnership with the Brookings Institution.

James Madison, Father of the Constitution (1751-1836)
George Mason, Grandfather of the Bill of Rights (1725-1792)

George Mason wrote the first draft of The Virginia Declaration of Rights in May 1776.


Signing of the Constitution, by Howard Chandler Christy Oil on canvas, 20' x 30' 1940 House wing, east stairway, from the Architect of the Capitol

Signing of the Constitution, by Howard Chandler Christy Oil on canvas, 20' x 30' 1940 House wing, east stairway, from the Architect of the Capitol

There is no, “Trust us, changes are coming” clause in the Constitution. To the contrary, the Bill of Rights itself, and the First Amendment in particular, reflect a degree of skepticism towards governmental self-restraint and self-correction.
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York et al. v. Sebelius, 12 CIV. 2542 (BMC) (EDNY) (December 5, 2012) (PDF on scribd)

Also see our Congressional Glossary.

The Declaration of Independence: Version 1 | Version 2

Constitution of the United States

    Article 1 – The Legislative Branch