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Over the last 10 years, ConSource has connected thousands of American citizens of all ages to our nation’s constitutional history by creating a comprehensive, easily searchable, fully-indexed, and freely accessible digital library of historical sources related to the creation, ratification, and amendment of the United States Constitution. Our team not only curates important digital collections of historical materials, but also creates research reports and educational resources to meet the specific needs of scholars and authors, legal practitioners and government officials, educators and students, journalists and the general public.

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From the Blog: Celebrating the 225th Anniversary of the Ratification of the Bill of Rights!

Wed, 14 Dec 2016

According to a survey released last year, 1 in 10 Americans think the Bill of Rights includes the right to own a pet? It does not.

This statistic underscores the need for Americans to study the Bill of Rights. 


Thursday, December 15 marks the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights. 


We hope you will join with ConSource and others as we use this historic milestone to celebrate and study the Bill of Rights.


The Bill of Rights was ratified on December 15, 1791, when Virginia became the 10th of 14 states to approve the 10 amendments ...

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