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Purdue Libraries Civics Education: U.S. Constitution

This guide provides information on the U.S. Government and Constitution and seeks to provide information for users on how the U.S. Government and Constitution are structured and how individuals can successfully participate in the American governmental pro

United States Constitution

"Our Constitution was only made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."  John Adams.

"Human passions unbridled by morality and religion...would break the strongest chords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net." John Adams.

The United States Constitution is the supreme secular law of the United States.  It's text and 27 amendments can be found here.

Constitution Annotated: Analysis and Interpretation of the U.S. Constitution is a Library of Congress resource on the U.S. Constitution's interpretation over time.

​When the Constitution was being debated and approved in 1787 and beyond it's supporters and opponents produced documents supporting and opposing its ratification by the original 13 states.  Ratification supports, including Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison expressed their advocacy of ratification through the Federalist Papers.

Opponents of ratifying the Constitution, representing various geographic, personal, and professional backgrounds expressed their concerns in the Anti-Federalist Papers.  Debate over subjects addressed in the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers continues today over 230 years later.

The Library of Congress' Congressional Research Service (CRS) presents unbiased reports on various public policy issues for members of Congress, their staff, and the American public.  Here are some recent CRS reports on various aspects of the U.S. Constitution.  These reports can be updated frequently.

The Emoluments Clauses of the U.S. Constitution (May 1, 2019)
The Electoral College:  Reform Proposals in the 114th and 115th Congresses (August 24, 2017)
An Overview of State and Federal Authority to Impose Vaccination Requirements (May 22, 2019)
Presidential Terms and Tenure:  Perspectives and Proposals for Change (April 15, 2019)
Federal Role in Voter Registration:  The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and Subsequent Developments (January 23, 2019)
The Article V Movement to Propose Constitutional Amendments:  Current Developments (November 15, 2017)
Impeachment and Removal (October 29, 2015)

Impeachment Process in the  House of Representatives (October 10, 2019)
Congress's Authority to Influence and Control Executive Branch Agencies (December 19, 2018).
The First Amendment:  Categories of Speech (January 16, 2019)
Free Speech and the Regulation of Social Media Content (March 27, 2019)
Update:   Sidewalks, Streets, and Tweets:  Is Twitter a Public Forum (July 9, 2019)


Masterpiece Cakeshop:  Proving Government Hostility to Religion (June 5, 2018)
Federal Firearms Laws:  Overviews and Selected Issues for the 116th Congress (March 25, 2019)

 

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