Resolution Rejecting the 12th Amendment

Source: Journal of the House of Representatives of the State of Delaware, 1804, 26–27. Courtesy…

A Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State of Mississippi from the Federal Union

Journal of the State Convention (Jackson, MS: E. Barksdale, State Printer, 1861), pp. 86-88. In…

Massachusetts Lawmakers Investigate Working Conditions in Lowell

Massachusetts House Document no. 50, March, l845, reprinted in John Commons, ed., A Documentary History…

Pennsylvania: An Act for Freedom of Conscience

In Donald S. Lutz, Colonial Origins of the American Constitution: A Documentary History, ed. Donald…

Colonial Virginia Laws Related to Slavery

William Waller Hening, ed., The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws…

Laws, Rights, and Liberties Related to Religion in Early America

Articles, Laws, and Orders, Divine, Politic, and Martial for the Colony in Virginia (c. 1610)…

New York Calls for a State Ratifying Convention

Senate Proceedings, Friday, 1 February 1788 A message from the Honorable the Assembly, by Mr.…

New York Calls for a Ratification Convention

Assembly Proceedings, Thursday, 31 January 1788 (excerpt) The House resolved itself into a committee of…

Black Codes of Mississippi

Source: Laws of the State of Mississippi, passed at a Regular Session of the Mississippi…

The Massachusetts Body of Liberties

Source: The complete version can be found in W. H. Whitemore, The Colonial Laws of…

Pennsylvania Declaration of Rights and Constitution

Source: The Essential Bill of Rights, ed. Gordon Lloyd and Margie Lloyd, (Lanham, MD: University…

New Jersey Constitution

Source: The Essential Bill of Rights, ed. Gordon Lloyd and Margie Lloyd, (Lanham, MD: University…

Maryland Act Concerning Religion

Source: Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly of Maryland, 1637–1664 (Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society,…

Virginia General Assembly Commissioning Delegates to the Philadelphia Convention

An Act for appointing Deputies from this Commonwealth to a Convention proposed to be held…

Virginia General Assembly Commission for Delegates to Annapolis Convention

Resolved, That Edmund Randolph, James Madison, jun. Walter Jones, Saint George Tucker and Meriwether Smith,…

Address of South Carolina to Slaveholding States

The Address of the people of South Carolina, assembled in Convention, to the people of…

South Carolina Declaration of Causes of Secession

DECLARATION OF THE IMMEDIATE CAUSES WHICH INDUCE AND JUSTIFY THE SECESSION OF SOUTH CAROLINA FROM…

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights & Constitution

Source: F. N. Thorpe, ed., The Federal and State Constitutions, Colonial Charters, and Other Organic…