Primary Sources


Ancient Laws: Hammurabi's Code (expert space Context); The Ten Commandments (expert space Context)

Greece: Pericle's Funeral Oration; Plato's Republic (expert space Context); Athenian Constitution (expert space Context) by Aristotle

Rome: Agrarian Law; Charter of Urso; Julian Law on Agrarian Matters

English Law: Magna Carta (expert space Context); English Bill of Rights

Enlightenment: Second Treatise of Government by Locke; Voltaire; The Spirit of Laws by Montesquieu; The Social Contract by Rousseau

Colonial America: Mayflower Compact; Thomas Paine's Common Sense (expert space Context); Virginia Declaration of Rights; Declaration of Independence (expert space Context); Articles of Confederation (expert space Context); 1st Continental Congress (expert space Context); Opposition to the Constitution by Patrick Henry; US Constitution (expert space Context); Federalist Papers (expert space Context); US Bill of Rights (expert space Context)

Legacy Documents: French Declaration of Rights of Man; Emancipation Proclamation (expert space Context); US Constitutional Amendments.

Other Internet Resources:

National Constitution Center

Salem Press: Milestone Documents in American History

Library of Congress: The Constitution

The Avalon Project: The American Constitution - A Documentary Record

Digital History: Using New Technologies to Enhance Teaching and Learning

Con Source: The Constitution Source Project