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        Constitution

        Teachers can use the documents and sound files in this primary sources toolkit to help students experience the four-month process of secret argument, debate and compromise that produced the Constitution of the United States. Students can view the documents, recorded notes, and personal reflections of the delegates. They can read news reviews of the time. They can study a map and image of the places where these historic events occurred and can view paintings of the people involved in these events. They can view a chart, a broadside, the song lyrics, and a graphical cover for a musical score. They can even listen to the words of later statesmen whose speeches record their beliefs about the duties of government and about being a U.S. citizen.

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        Broadside of Bill of Rights

        This Library of Congress primary source document is a broadside of the Bill of Rights, or the ten original amendments to the United States Constitution, as of December 15, 1791.

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        Harding Speech on Americanism, 1920

        This Library of Congress primary source is an audio recording of Warren Harding, then-President, giving a speech on Americanism in 1920.

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        Coolidge Speech on Duty of Government, 1920

        This Library of Congress primary source is an audio recording is of Calvin Coolidge, then-Vice President, giving a speech on the duty of government in 1920.

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        Jefferson's Notes on the Constitution, 1788

        This Library of Congress primary source document shows Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten notes regarding the U.S. Constitution. It is part of The Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 1, General Correspondence, of 1651-1827.

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        Jefferson's Chart of State Votes, 1788

        This Library of Congress primary resource image is a handwritten chart by Thomas Jefferson noting the state votes on the United States Constitution. It includes “Affirmative” and “Negative” sections.

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        Philadelphia Statehouse, 1778

        This Library of Congress primary source is an illustration is of the northwest view of the Statehouse in Philadelphia in 1778, drawn by Charles Willson Pearle. Its original source was the July 1787 edition of "The Columbian magazine, or Monthly Miscellany."

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        Philadelphia Map with Statehouse, 1752

        This Library of Congress primary source is "a map of Philadelphia and parts adjacent : with a perspective view of the State-House" drafted in 1752 by cartographer Nicholas Scull.

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        Front Page of The Boston Gazette

        This Library of Congress primary resource is a digital copy of the front page of The Boston Gazette from November 26, 1787. It contains a letter to the editor from "A Federalist" concerning the Constitutional Convention.

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        The Diaries of George Washington: Volume V

        This Library of Congress primary source document is a series of diary entries written by the first U.S. president, George Washington. The entries begin in May 1787 and end in July 1787.

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        Newspaper Article, 1787

        This Library of Congress primary source document is a newspaper notice of the May 28, 1787 passenger list of ship "Charleston" from Charleston, printed during the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. The list included Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and Pierce Butler.

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        Constitutional Centennial March, 1887

        This Library of Congress primary source document is a music cover illustration with portrait busts of Washington, Madison, Hamilton and Cleveland, as well as prominent officials of the Constitutional Centennial Commission: John A. Kasson, President; Amos R. Little, Chairman; Hampton L. Carson, Secretary; and Colonel A. Louden Snowden, Marshal. It was designed for a parade in Philadelphia on September 15, 1887.

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        Songsheet: The Constitution!

        This Library of Congress primary source document is a song sheet for "The Constitution!" The song was published by Firth, Pond & Co., New York. It is part of the American Song Sheets collection at the Library of Congress.

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        Scene from Signing of the Constitution

        This Library of Congress primary source image is a print depicting George Washington presiding at the signing of the Constitution of the United States in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.

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        The Foundation of American Government

        This Library of Congress primary source image is a reproduction of a painting called "The Foundation of American Government." It was painted by Henry Hintermeister between 1920 and 1930.

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        U.S. Constitution as Originally Adopted

        This Library of Congress primary source document is the U.S. Constitution as originally adopted. After a discussion of the Constitution in the Conventions of several states, during which its ultimate fate hung for some time in dubious and painful suspense, the Conventions of eleven out of the thirteen states assented to and ratified the Constitution in this form.

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        Washington's Letter Presenting the Constitution, 1787

        This Library of Congress primary source is George Washington's letter presenting the Constitution from 1787. On September 17, 1787 the Constitution was presented to the American public. The instrument, with its accompanying resolutions was, by the unanimous order of the Convention, transmitted to Congress in this letter. Congress resolved unanimously that the Report, with the letter accompanying it, be transmitted to the several Legislatures in order to be submitted to a Convention of Delegates chosen in each State by the people.

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        Constitution with Washington's Handwritten Notes

        This Library of Congress primary source document is the Constitution with marginal notes in George Washington's handwriting from September 1787. It is part of the George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, from 1741 through 1799.

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        Alexander Hamilton's Speech Notes

        This Library of Congress primary source document is notes by Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804), a lawyer, Revolutionary patriot, and delegate to the Continental Congress. He made these notes in preparation for a major speech delivered on June 18, 1787 at the Constitutional Convention assembled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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