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The Yale Law School Guide to Research in American Legal History$
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John B Nann and Morris L Cohen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300118537

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300118537.001.0001

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Constitutional Law, 1780s

Constitutional Law, 1780s

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(p.98) 4 Constitutional Law, 1780s
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The Yale Law School Guide to Research in American Legal History
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John B. Nann

Morris L. Cohen

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300118537.003.0005

This chapter discusses sources for information about the United States and state constitutions; constitutional conventions, especially the Constitutional Convention of 1787; the ratification of the U.S. Constitution; and the ratification of the Bill of Rights and other amendments. Although the Constitution of the United States is extremely important to American law and legal history, researchers should keep in mind that it is not the only constitution in play, nor was it the first. Even before the Declaration of Independence was promulgated on July 4, 1776, states had begun to work on their own constitutions. Meanwhile, sources of information about the Constitutional Convention of 1787 include materials about the Continental Congress. While comparatively little material is available from the actual constitutional convention, a great deal of information from the process of the Constitution's ratification exists.

Keywords:   state constitutions, constitutional conventions, Constitutional Convention of 1787, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, American law, U.S. legal history, Continental Congress

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