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 August 22, 2000

The Founders' Constitution, http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/

Editors Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner amassed scores of original documents reflecting "writings of a wide array of people engaged in the problem of making popular government safe, steady, and accountable. The documents included range from the early seventeenth century to the 1830s, from the reflections of philosophers to popular pamphlets, from public debates in ratifying conventions to the private correspondence of the leading political actors of the day."

This searchable web version is arranged by themes, articles and sections of the Constitution, and the amendments. Sources include excerpts from the writings of John Adams, William Blackstone, Sir Edward Coke, Alexander Hamilton, Patrick Henry, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, John Locke, James Madison, James Monroe, and Joseph Story. Also included are materials from the federal and state constitutional conventions. 

The original 1986 print edition is available at KF4502.F68 1987, Reference Stacks.  

2008, M.G. Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington