Founders Constitution

A more useful table of contents of The Founders' Constitution 4 volume collection of documents.

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The Founders' Constitution, edited by Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2001), 5 vols.

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1987 University of Chicago. This edition is reprinted by arrangement with the University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois. Liberty Fund, in cooperation with Chicago University Press, publishes the paperback version of the 5 volume The Founders' Constitution, ed. Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner (1987, 2000) and co-sponsors the online version hosted by the University of Chicago Press. Please visit Liberty Fund’s online catalog to order a copy. The links on this page direct readers to an external web site hosted by the University of Chicago which retains copyright to the material.

This material is put online to further the educational goals of Liberty Fund, Inc. Unless otherwise stated in the Copyright Information section above, this material may be used freely for educational and academic purposes. It may not be used in any way for profit.


The collection brings together an enormous amount of primary source material to illustrate and explain the ideas behind each clause of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights (Amendments) and consists of the following volumes:

  • Vol. I: Major Themes
  • Vol. II: Preamble through Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4
  • Vol. III: Article 1, Section 8, Clause 5, through Article 2, Section 1
  • Vol. IV: Article 2, Section 2, through Article 7
  • Vol. V: Amendments I-XII

The following pages reproduce the table of contents of that jointly hosted site in a format that might be more useful to readers. All links from these pages are to documents at that external site.

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