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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: There’s Still Time to Support Constitutional and Historical Literacy in 2014!

Fri, 26 Dec 2014

There’s Still Time to Support Constitutional and Historical Literacy in 2014!

John Adams wrote in 1765 that “liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge[.]”

In 2011, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a vocal advocate for greater constitutional, historical, and civic literacy wrote, “The better educated our citizens are, the better equipped they will be to preserve the system of government we have. And we have to start with the education of our nation’s young people. Knowledge about our ...

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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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