The U.S. Constitution

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How Did the Framers Create the Constitution?
by Alissa Irion-Groth - Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 8:58 AM

Tim Moore of the University of Wisconsin, Madison presented "How Did the Framers Create the Constitution?" on the Center for Civic Education's Constitution 101 online course.  Check out the video! 

Constitution 101 is a free course on the basics of U.S. constitutional government.  Today begins Week 4 out of 6.

What questions do you have about the creation and ratification of the Constitution?

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Thesis Research Survey–Social media driven polarization's impact on our day-to-day lives.
by Michael Mulry - Sunday, December 2, 2018, 9:20 AM

Hi everyone. I need your help…

I am collecting data to help identify the real-world impact of political polarization brought on by social media interactions. The data that I collect will be used for my Master’s Thesis to complete my degree in Political Science at American Public University. The ...

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Washington's 1st draft of the US Constitution
by Learn Admin - Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 11:13 AM

Here is a link to George Washington's copy of the first draft of the Constitution.  This includes his notations, and edits.  All is found in the US National Archives. 

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Group Four Beginning Question
by Learn Admin - Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 10:34 AM

Michael Cunningham James Madison Project

How and why the Founders created the American system of Federalism

 How- The articles of Confederation was a complete and utter failure.  Note in Federalist #1 Alexander Hamilton wrote, “To the People of the State of New York:
AFTER an ...

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America's Second Founding (Congressional Hearing)
by Learn Admin - Friday, September 14, 2018, 3:41 PM

" The Civil War provoked profound changes in the Constitution...amounting to what many have called America's Second Founding."

  • What were those changes in the Constitution?
  • Should those changes be called "profound"? Why or Why not?
  • In what ways, if any, do those constitutional changes amount to "America's Second Founding"?

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The Federalist Papers
by anonfirstname277 anonlastname277 - Sunday, February 26, 2017, 3:45 PM

Appearing in New York newspapers as the New York Ratification Convention met in Poughkeepsie, John Jay, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison wrote as Publius and addressed the citizens of New York through the Federalist Papers.  These 85 essays subsequently circulated and were reprinted throughout the states as the Ratification process unfolded in other states.

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Center for the Study of the American Constitution
by anonfirstname277 anonlastname277 - Saturday, February 25, 2017, 3:43 PM

The Center for the Study of the American Constitution (CSAC)  is your one stop shop for all things ratification.  CSAC has hundreds of primary sources related to the foundations of American constitutionalism, the Confederation Period, the Philadelphia Convention, the states and ratification, and ...

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