Books and Websites on Constitutional History

     There are several valuable resources for researching constitutional law and constitutional history.  Among them are the following books: 
Morton J. Horwitz, The Transformation of American Law (a two-volume history describing the changes in American law over two centuries, with an emphasis on developments in constitutional law)
 
Bernard Schwartz, The History of the Supreme Court (an eminently readable description of the changes in constitutional law and constitutional interpretation under two centuries of Supreme Court justices)
 
Daniel A. Farber and Suzanna Sherry, A History of the American Constitution (providing extensive original source material relating to the intent of the framers) 
     The following links are to sources of information about American constitutional history.

 

 
                The Avalon Project at Yale Law School, maintaining documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy.
 
                Basic Readings in American Democracy” including important documents, speeches, poems, and commentary from the colonial period forward, maintained by the State Department of the United States.
 
                The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln” sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Foundation.
 
                Abraham Lincoln Online.Org” edited by Rhoda Sneller.
 
                Biographical Directory of the United States Congress”.
 
                Daniel Webster: Dartmouth’s Favorite Son” maintained by Dartmouth College.
 
                Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America” maintained by the New York Historical Society.
 
                Biographical Outline of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” including written excerpts from three speeches, maintained by the King Center.
 
                JFK in History: Civil Rights Context in the Early 1960s”, containing a link to President Kennedy’s speech of June 11, 1963, maintained by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum:  
 
                Forgotten Founding Fathers,” a series of biographical sketches of lesser-known founders:
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