From this page you may access materials assembled by Professor Huhn regarding the work of three leading figures in American constitutional history: The Speeches, Letters, and Remarks of Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Webster and the Constitution, and Justice Robert Jackson.
Until Abraham Lincoln Daniel Webster was regarded as the greatest American orator. His speeches instilled a sense of patriotism and pride in our country, as well as a larger purpose. As an attorney, Webster argued dozens of cases before the United States Supreme Court including foundation cases such as McColloch v. Maryland and Gibbons v. Ogden. As a senator of the United States Webster helped to forge the Compromise of 1850 which delayed the Civil War for another decade.
Abraham Lincoln not only abolished slavery and won the Civil War thus preserving the United States, he also persuaded Americans that this country stands for the principles of liberty and equality. It was because of him that these principles are considered to be embodied by the Constitution.
Robert Jackson was one of America's most eloquent Supreme Court justices. He also served as Chief Prosecutor for the United States at Nuremburg. His judicial opinions and his opening and closing arguments at Nuremburg constitute some of the most inspirational passages regarding the meaning of the Constitution and the significance of the Rule of Law.
The words of these great figures in American constitutional law are available from the links below.