Vol. 1: Major Themes

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

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1. Fundamental Documents We the People of the United States,... ...in Order to form a more perfect Union,... ...establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare,... ...and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity... ...do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United Staes of America.