June 21, 1788 (With this
state's signing, the Constitution became legal)
June 25, 1788
July 26, 1788
November 21, 1788 (Initially
voted against ratification)
May 29, 1790 (Did not
even hold a constitutional convention)
Recommended Reading: America's Constitution: A Biography (Hardcover). Publishers Weekly: Starred
Review. You can read the U.S. Constitution, including its 27 amendments, in about a half-hour, but it takes decades of study
to understand how this blueprint for our nation's government came into existence. Amar, a 20-year veteran of the YaleLawSchool
faculty, has that understanding, steeped in the political history of the 1780s, when dissatisfaction with the Articles of
Confederation led to a constitutional convention in Philadelphia,
which produced a document of wonderful compression and balance creating an indissoluble union. Amar examines in turn each
article of the Constitution, explaining how the framers drew on English models, existing state constitutions and other sources
in structuring the three branches of the federal government and defining the relationship of the that government to the states.
on each of the amendments, from the original Bill of Rights to changes in the rules for presidential succession. The book
squarely confronts America's involvement with slavery, which the original Constitution
facilitated in ways the author carefully explains. Scholarly, reflective and brimming with ideas, this book is miles removed
from an arid, academic exercise in textual analysis. Amar evokes the passions and tumult that marked the Constitution's birth
and its subsequent revisions. Only rarely do you find a book that embodies scholarship at its most solid and invigorating;
this is such a book.
Recommended Viewing: Just The Facts - The United States Constitution. Description: Just the Facts: The United States Constitution is
a superior video resource for history and social studies classrooms. Teachers and parents can use this to make the Constitution
accessible on many levels. The program is targeted at junior high and high school freshmen and sophomores and is divided into
sections corresponding to the articles of the Constitution. With contributions from experts on constitutional history and
theory, the program lacks flashy production values but is nonetheless engaging. “...Outstanding for teachers and educators."
Recommended Reading: The Constitution
of the United States of America, with
the Bill of Rights and all of the Amendments; The Declaration of Independence; and the Articles of Confederation, by Thomas Jefferson (Author), Second Continental Congress (Author),
Constitutional Convention (Author). Description: Collected in one affordable volume are the most important
documents of the United States of America: The Constitution of the United States of America, with the Bill of Rights and all
of the Amendments; The Declaration of Independence; and the Articles of Confederation. These three documents are the basis
for our entire way of life. Every citizen should have a copy.
Recommended Reading: The U.S. Constitution: And Fascinating Facts About It. Description: In The U.S. Constitution & Fascinating Facts About It you'll
see the entire text of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence--and much more! You'll find
interesting insights into the men who wrote the Constitution, how it was created, and how the Supreme Court has interpreted
the Constitution in the two centuries since its creation.
Recommended Reading: The Heritage Guide to the Constitution, by Edwin Meese (Author), Matthew Spalding (Editor),
David F. Forte (Editor), Matthew Spalding (Author), David F. Forte (Author) (Hardcover). Description: This guide is the first of its kind, and presents the U.S. Constitution as never
before, including a clause-by-clause analysis of the document, each amendment and relevant court case, and the documents that
serve as the foundation of the Constitution. About the Authors: Edwin Meese III served as the 75th Attorney General of the
United States under President Reagan.
The Chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board, he is a distinguished legal expert and holds the Ronald Reagan
Chair in Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation; Executive Editor Dr. Matthew Spalding is an expert in and teaches constitutional
history, is an Adjunct Fellow of the Claremont Institute, and is the Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American
Studies at the Heritage Foundation; Senior Editor Dr. David F. Forte is a widely published legal scholar, a former Chief Counsel
to the United States Delegation to the United Nations, and the Charles R. Emrick, Jr. Â—Calfee Halter & Griswold
Professor of Law at Cleveland State University.
Recommended Reading: The Complete
Idiot's Guide to the U.S. Constitution.
Description: The “living” document that changed the world. One of the most revered, imitated, and controversial
government documents in the world, the U.S. Constitution serves as the foundation for the American government and shapes the
lives of Americans every day. But how many know its history and the impact it’s had on American laws and practices throughout
history? This guide serves as the most current and accessible handbook to this all-important document. —Covers the document
itself, as well as controversial interpretations and decisions.
Recommended Reading: Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution. Description:
Imagine, for a preposterous moment, that 55 national leaders convened to write a document to guide the country for hundreds
of years. It seems unlikely--given that our current contingent of so-called leaders can't agree on how to balance a checkbook--that
they could reach consensus on such issues as the allotment of congressional seats. The political and ideological issues that
faced the creators of the Constitution were similar in some ways to those at play today. And in some ways they were vastly
different ones. Jack Rakove, a history professor at Stanford University, has in this book framed the process that led to the
drafting of the constitution in its historical and political context to offer insight into the difficulty of interpreting
that most influential of documents.
Recommended Reading: The Declaration
of Independence and the Constitution of the United
States of America. Description: To encourage people everywhere to better understand and appreciate the principles of government that
are set forth in America’s founding documents, the Cato Institute published this pocket edition of the Declaration of
Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. With more than three million copies in print, this edition’s
influence has been observed far and wide. It has been held up by senators at press conferences and by representatives during
floor debate; found in federal judicial chambers across the country; appeared at conferences on constitutionalism in Russia, Iraq,
and elsewhere; and sold at U.S. Park Service stores, Restoration Hardware, and book stores around the country. It’s
a perfect gift for friends and family. Order your copies today!
Recommended Viewing: The Founding Fathers of the United States of America; History of the United States; Primary Documents
in American History (Biography Channel, A&E, The History Channel, PBS)