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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: A Note from Our Executive Director: Preserving History and Tradition on Thanksgiving

Mon, 24 Nov 2014

Dear ConSource Supporters, 

Thanksgiving is an American holiday steeped in tradition – from gathering families for a large feast to breaking the turkey wishbone to watching football or the annual Thanksgiving Day parade.

It is also a holiday with a rich and interesting history, stemming from the New England custom of celebrating a successful harvest, and the Puritan religious tradition of thanksgivings, which combined solemn prayer and feasting. The Continental Congress declared the first national Thanksgiving in 1777. Presidents Washington, Adams, and Madison each proclaimed national Thanksgivings, but the custom fell out of use by 1815, leaving individual states to observe ...

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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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