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- United States Constitution The blueprint for this nation's government is found in the U.S. Constitution. Included in its text are provisions for the three branches of government and the bi-cameral legislature. This edition of the U.S. Constitution includes annotations of U.S. Supreme Court cases as of July 1, 1996.
- Federalist Papers
The Federalist Papers are a series of articles written by James Madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton to help persuade the American public to support the Constitution. They cover topics ranging from the Dangers from Foreign Force and Influence to Restrictions on the Authority of the Several States.
- Articles of Confederation
Unlike our present-day Constitution, the Articles of Confederation did not provide for three separate branches of government. Even the President came from a "Committee of the States" appointed by Congress. Learn more about the Articles of Confederation and John Hanson, the first President under the Articles of Confederation.
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