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USConstitution.net Bibliography

This site owes its existence to the thoughts and words of a great many people. This page is a list of some of the books used as references for various facts and events detailed in the site. When a book is of particular use to a page, it is noted on that page. This page is a compendium of resources used throughout the site and as general background.

Books are presented alphabetically by author. Websites and web pages are presented alphabetically by site name and page name.


Agel, Jerome B. We, The People - Great Documents of the American Nation. New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Books, 2000.

Amar, Akhil Reed. America's Constitution - A Biography. New York, NY: Random House, 2005.

-----. The Bill of Rights - Creation and Reconstruction. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1998.

Bowen, Catherine Drinker. Miracle at Philadelphia - The Story of the Constitutional Convention May to September 1787. Boston, MA: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1966.

Burns, James; Peltason J.W.; et al. Government by the People. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1984.

Collier, Christopher; Collier, James. Decision in Philadelphia. New York, NY: Ballantine Books, 1986.

Commager, Henry Steele. Documents of American History, Volume 1. New York, NY: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1963.

Cullop, Floyd G. The Constitution of the United States - An Introduction. New York, NY: New American Library, 1999.

Current, Richart N.; Garraty, John A; Weinberg, Julius; eds. Words That Made American History, Volume 1. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Co., 1972.

Davis, Kenneth C. Don't Know Much About History. New York, NY: Avon Books, 1995.

Esposito, John L. Islam - The Straight Path. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Hall, Daniel. Constitutional Law - Cases and Commentary. Albany, NY: Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, 1997.

Irons, Peter. A People's History of the Supreme Court. New York, NY: Penguin Putnam, 1999.

Kennedy, Stetson. Jim Crow Guide - The Way It Was. Boca Raton, FL: Florida Atlantic University Press, 1990.

Ketcham, Ralph, ed. The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 1986.

Keyssar, Alexander. The Right to Vote - The Contested History of Democracy in the United States. New York, NY: Basic Books, 2000.

Levy, Leonard. Origins of the Bill of Rights. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1999.

Lomask, Milton. The Spirit of 1787 - The Making of Our Constitution. New York, NY: Fawcett Juniper, 1980.

McPherson, James M. Battle Cry of Freedom - The Civil War Era. New York, NY: Ballantine Books, 1988.

Mahler, Gregory. Comparative Politics - An Institutional and Cross-National Approach. Cambridge, MA: Schenkman Publishing, 1983.

-----. Comparative Politics - An Institutional and Cross-National Approach. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2000.

Maier, Pauline. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1998.

Morgan, Edmund. The Birth of the Republic - 1763-89. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1956.

Moore, Kathleen Dean. Pardons: Justice, Mercy, and the Public Interest. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Padover, Saul; Landynski, Jacob. The Living U.S. Constitution. New York, NY: Meridian, 1995.

Paine, Thomas. The Age of Reason. Introduction by Joseph Carrig. New York, NY: Barnes & Noble, 2006.

Patrick, John J.; Pious, Richard M.; Ritchie, Donald A. The Oxford Essential Guide to the U.S. Government. New York, NY: Berkley Books, 2000.

Rositer, Charles R., Ed. The Federalist Papers. New York, NY: New American Library, 1961, 1999.

Tribe, Lawrence; Dorf, Michael. On Reading the Constitution. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991.

Van Doren, Carl. The Great Rehearsal - The Story of the Making and Ratifying of the Constitution of the United States. New York, NY: Viking Penguin, 1986.

Vile, John R. Rewriting the United States Constitution - An Examination of Proposals from Reconstruction to the Present. New York, NY: Prager Publishers, 1991.

Wood, Betty. The Origins of American Slavery. New York, NY: Hill and Wang, 1997.


Census 2000 Gateway. <http://www.census.gov/main/www/cen2000.html>. U.S. Census Bureau.

American Memory. <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/>. The Library of Congress.

Analysis and Interpretation of the Constitution (2002 Edition) <http://www.gpoaccess.gov/constitution/browse2002.html>. The Government Printing Office.

The Avalon Project. <http://avalon.law.yale.edu/default.asp>. The Avalon Project at Yale Law School.

Information Please. <http://www.infoplease.com/>. Pearson Education.

Opinions. <http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/opinions.html>. The Supreme Court of the United States.

Our Documents. <http://www.ourdocuments.gov/>. National History Day, The National Archives, and USA Freedom Corps.

Thomas - Legislative Information on the Internet. <http://thomas.loc.gov>. The Library of Congress.

The US Code Collection. <http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/>. Legal Information Institute, Cornell University Law School.

U.S. Electoral College. <http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/index.html>. National Archives and Records Administration.

Wikipedia. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page>. Wikimedia Foundation.

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