Constitutional Studies, History, Economics

On September 17, 1787, a majority of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention approved the documents over which they had labored since May. After a farewell banquet, delegates swiftly returned to their homes to organize support, most for but some against the proposed charter. Before the Constitution could become the law of the land, it would have to withstand public scrutiny and debate. The document was “laid before the United States in Congress assembled” on September 20. For 2 days, September 26 and 27, Congress debated whether to censure the delegates to the Constitutional Convention for exceeding their authority by creating a new form of government instead of simply revising the Articles of Confederation.

  • The American Constitution: A Documentary Project by Yale Law School
  • Text of the Declaration of Independence
  • Text of the U.S. Constitution and biographies of the signers
  • A More Perfect Union: Creation of the U.S. Constitution
  • The Bill of Rights Institute: Free lesson plans and more
  • Questions and Answers Pertaining to the Constitution
  • Declarations and Resolves of the First Continental Congress
  • Biographies of the Delegates to the Constitutional Convention
  • Account of the Declaration: from the autobiography of Thomas Jefferson
  • Ratification of the Constitution
  • Background on events leading up to the writing of the Constitution
  • The Boston Tea Party
  • Thomas Payne, The Crisis, Number One. Background
  • The Bill of Rights and Amendments 11-27
  • The Constitution: Counter Revolution or National Survival?
  • An Outline of American History (1954) online text
  • History on the Internet (click on American History)
  • Choosing Liberty–free online class–certificate of completion provided
  • Our Constitution: A Children’s Musical Program
  • Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
  • American History Stories Online text and pictures, written for young children in 1908
  • Colonial America: A (Short) Story of Our Nation’s History
  • Eyewitness History: History Through the Eyes of Those Who Lived It
  • Liberty: The American Revolution
  • A Revolutionary WebQuest–learn about major figures in American History
  • A Roadmap to the United States Constitution
  • Guide to the Government
  • American History (includes flash cards for study)
  • Virtual Marching Tour of the American Revolution
  • The Revolutionary War: A Journey Toward Freedom
  • Paul Revere’s Ride
  • Simulation game: how different views were incorporated into the Constitution
  • The U. S. Constitution Power Grab Game (online)
  • NCCS Curriculum on American Government and the US Constitution
  • Jackdaw Publications Primary Sources

To many students, history is seen as a series of facts, dates, and events usually packaged as a textbook. The use of primary sources can change this view. As students use primary sources they begin to view their textbook as only one historical interpretation and its author as an interpreter of evidence, not as a purveyor of truth. Students begin to understand that such generalizations represent an interpretation of past events, but not necessarily the only interpretation. They become aware that the text has a point of view that does not make it incorrect but that does render it subject to question. Primary sources force students to realize that any account of an event, no matter how impartially presented it appears to be, is essentially subjective. Read more.

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The Ten Commandments–B.C.
The Magna Carta–Jun. 15, 1215
The Mayflower Compact–Nov. 11, 1620
The Maryland Toleration Act–Sept. 21, 1649
John Locke’s The Second Treatise of Government –1690
The Constitution of Virginia–Jun. 29, 1776
Thomas Paine-Common Sense–1776
The Declaration of Independence–Jul. 4, 1776
The Articles of Confederation–Nov. 15, 1777
Draft of Bill Establishing Religious Freedom–1779
The Treaty of 1783–Sept. 3, 1783
The Religious Freedom Statute–1786
The Constitution of the United States of America–Sept. 17, 1787
The Federalist Papers–1787-1788
The United States Bill of Rights–Mar. 4, 1789
Amendments XI-XXVII–1798-1992
Monroe Doctrine–Dec. 2, 1823
The Communist Manifesto–Feb. 1848
On the Duty of Civil Disobedience – Thoreau–1849
South Carolina Declaration of Secession–Dec. 24, 1860
The Emancipation Proclamation–Sept. 22, 1862
The Treaty of Versailles–June 28, 1919
Contract with America–1994
The Starr Report–Sept. 9, 1998
The Starr Report–Sept. 9, 1998


Patrick Henry: Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death–Mar. 23, 1775
Washington: Thanksgiving Proclamation–Oct. 3, 1789
Washington: Farewell Address–Sept. 19, 1796
The Lyceum Address–January 27, 1838
Lincoln: “House Divided” Speech–Jun. 16, 1858
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates–1858
Lincoln: The Gettysburg Address–Nov. 19, 1863
Lincoln: Second Inaugural Address–Mar. 4, 1865
Lincoln: Last Speech–April 11, 1865
William Jennings Bryan: Cross of Gold Speech–1896 Democratic National Convention
Franklin D. Roosevelt: 1st Inaugural Address–March 4, 1933
Churchill: “Iron Curtain” Speech–Mar. 5, 1946
John F. Kennedy: 1961 Innaugural Address–January 20, 1961
Martin L. King: I Have a Dream–Aug. 28, 1963
Martin L. King: Letter from Birmingham Jail–Apr. 16, 1963
Ronald Reagan: First Inaugural Address–Jan. 20, 1981
Reagan: “Economic Recovery Program”–Apr. 28, 1981
Reagan: First State of the Union Address–Jan. 26, 1982
Reagan: CPAC 1982-“The Agenda is Victory”–Feb. 26, 1982
Reagan: “The Evil Empire” Speech to the House of Commons–Jun. 8, 1982
Reagan: CPAC 1983 “We Will Not Be Turned Back”–Feb. 18, 1983
Reagan: Announcement of Strategic Defense Initiative–Mar. 23, 1983
Reagan: “Our Noble Vision: An Opportunity for All”–Mar. 2, 1984
Reagan: Speech at Pointe de Hoc–Jun. 6, 1984
Reagan: D-day Address at Normandy–Jun. 6, 1984
Reagan: Second Inaugural Address–Jan. 21, 1985
Reagan: CPAC 1985 “Creators of the Future”–Mar. 8, 1985
Reagan: Speech on The Challenger Disaster–Jan. 28, 1986
Reagan: “Forward For Freedom”–1986
Reagan: “A Future That Works”–1987
Reagan: “On The Frontier of Freedom”–Feb. 11, 1988
Reagan: Farewell Address–1988
Reagan: 1992 Republican National Convention–1992
Statement on 10th Anniversary of SDI–Mar. 23, 1993
Reagan: 83rd Birthday Speech–1994
President Bush’s January 2002 State of the Union Address


Marbury v. Madison–1803
Brown v. Board of Education–1954
Miranda v. Arizona–1966
Roe v. Wade–1973
Visit the Find Law website for details of Supreme Court decisions

LDS Resources

Online Books:

The Elders of Israel and the Constitution by Jerome Horowitz
Online courses on the constitution:
The Constitution of the Founding Fathers
The Gospel: Key to Our True Constitution
The Book of Mormon and the Constitution by H. Verlan Andersen
The Moral Basis of a Free Society by H. Verlan Andersen
Living History by Dan Hunter
Living History makes teaching history as easy as telling a story!
Archive Publishers – Publisher of reprints of early LDS curriculum
Study outline for the book Church History in the Fulness of Times
Click here to buy the book Church History in the Fulness of Times
The Proper Role of Government by Ezra Taft Benson
A Witness and a Warning by Ezra Taft Benson
The Constitution – A Glorious Standard by Ezra Taft Benson
Civic Standards for Faithful Saints by Ezra Taft Benson
The Divinely Inspired Constitution by Dallin H. Oaks
The Constitution, Our Inspired Heritage by Robert S. Dunn

Economics Resources

Freedom Library from Foundation for Economic Education
Foundation for Economic Education | Publications
Economics for Tomorrow — includes a quiz
Thinkquest’s Economics site for kids — for younger children
Sovereign Bank’s Kids website — basic info about money and banking
U.S. Treasury’s kids website — also very basic
Bluestocking Press “Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?” by Richard Maybury.
Free student’s guide to economics from ISI
Economics tutorials
The Economics Net Textbook
Online game: U.S. States and Capitals