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ConSource is a free online library of constitutional history. We digitize and cross-reference source documents written by individuals who drafted, ratified, and influenced the creation of the U.S. Constitution and its Amendments. We also run programs and host events that make use of constitutional sources.

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From the Blog: American Independence and State Constitutions

Wed, 01 Jul 2015

As families and friends around the country gather to celebrate Independence Day at BBQs or huddle together for firework displays, we hope you will take some time to join us in not only reading and reflecting on the text and significance of the Declaration of Independence, but also the rich state constitutional history that was developed and documented between 1776 and 1784.

Before the Declaration of Independence was signed, notable Revolutionary-era figures began to discuss the importance of establishing new state governments. This was something Samuel Adams, John Adams, and Richard Henry Lee, among others, discussed in the summer of ...

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ConSource maintains an official library and an open library. The official library contains collections and documents that have been approved by a board of academic advisors who specialize in U.S. history and constitutional themes. The open library contains collections and documents that are being considered or do not meet the standards of the academic advisory board.

As we build the next phase of ConSource.org, anyone will be able to participate in content creation and editing by signing up for a ConSource account. While the next phase of development is awaiting funding, you can still help improve and add to ConSource content.

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