A Fully Annotated Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Amendments, and Selections from The Federalist Papers
Edited by Richard Beeman

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One of the most respected constitutional scholars in the nation, Professor Richard Beeman has collected the complete and original Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and its amendments (including the Bill of Rights), selections from The Federalist Papers, and the most influential Supreme Court cases alongside his own annotations and history of the Constitution in one compact guide.

“Excellent . . . valuable and judicious.” —Jill Lepore, The New Yorker


A Note on the Text

The Declaration of Independence

The Constitution of the United States

Amendments to the Constitution

Selections from The Federalist Papers

Chapter One
The Revolutionary Origins of the American Constitution

Chapter Two
America Struggles to Achieve Independence, Liberty, and Union: Government under the Articles of Confederation

Chapter Three
The Constitutional Convention of 1787: A Revolution in Government

Chapter Four
The Contest Over Ratification: America’s First National Referendum

Chapter Five
Establishing Government under the Constitution, 1789-1801

Chapter Six
Supreme Court Decisions that have Shaped America’s Constitutional History

Suggestions for Further Reading