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The books and documents on this page are just a sample of resources available from Henderson Library. Use this search box to find more books and government documents relating to the Constitution.
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Important Historical Documents
Declaration of Independence
One of the most important documents in America, the Declaration of Independence disbanded the ties between the colonies and the British Crown.
The Constitution of the United States of America
This is the preeminent document and law of the United States of America. It is also the foundation of the United States and ensures many of our liberties and freedoms as people in the Bill of Rights.
Bill of Rights
As established in the Constitution of the United States of America.
"During the American Revolution, Magna Carta served to inspire and justify action in liberty’s defense. The colonists believed they were entitled to the same rights as Englishmen, rights guaranteed in Magna Carta. They embedded those rights into the laws of their states and later into the Constitution and Bill of Rights."
COMMON SENSE by Thomas Paine
Common Sense is one of the most important texts of the American Revolution. Paine was one of the largest advocates of a Republican form of government.
The Federalist Papers
"Now considered to be the most significant American contribution to political thought, "The Federalist" essays supporting the ratification of the new Constitution first appeared in New York newspapers under the pseudonym "Publius." Although it was widely known that the 85 essays were the work of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, the initial curious speculation about authorship of specific essays gradually developed into heated controversy. Hamilton left an authorship list with his lawyer before his fatal duel. In his copy, Madison identified the author of each essay with their initials. Thomas Jefferson penned a similar authorship list in his copy. None of these attributions exactly match, and the authorship of several essays is still being debated by scholars."
SECOND TREATISE OF GOVERNMENT by JOHN LOCKE
John Locke was a major influence on the writers of the Constitution of the United States. Examine the role of government through the lens of a social contract as you examine this text.
Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
View the Gettysburg Address as written in Abraham Lincoln's own handwriting from the Library of Congress.
"...It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
GA Southern Main Collection
Essays on the Constitution of the United States, published during its discussion by the people, 1787-1788. by
Call Number: JK171 .F72 1970
Review of the Constitution of the United States; including changes by interpretation and amendment; for lawyers and those not learned in the law, by
Call Number: JK246 .B96
Publication Date: 1899
The American Constitution by
Call Number: JK31 .K4 1963
Publication Date: 1991-03-17
Constitution Week : an American legacy : September 17-23, commencing with Citizenship Day, September 17 by
Call Number: DOCS Y 3.B 47/2:2 C 76/6/990
Publication Date: 1990
Citizenship day and Constitution week guide by
Call Number: J 21.14:
Publication Date: ongoing