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There are many, many documents that came before the U.S. Constitution, and contributed to it directly or indirectly. I have gathered together the ones that I found very useful in my studies of the Constitution. These work well for a "compare and contrast" study between any of the various documents and each other, and between these and the Constitution itself.

The following documents are included in this collection, some as excerpts, and some in their entirety.
Magna Carta (1215)
The Mayflower Compact (1620)
Fundamental Orders of Connecticut (1639)
Massachusetts Body of Liberties (1641)
English Bill of Rights (1689)
Resolutions of the Stamp Act (1765)
Fairfax County (Virginia) Resolves (1774)
Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech (1775
Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms (1775)
Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" pamphlet (1776)
Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776)
Constitution of Virginia (1776)
Declaration of Independence (1776)
Thomas Paine's "American Crisis" pamphlet (1776)
Articles of Confederation (1777)
Northwest Ordinance (1787)
U.S. Constitution (1787)
Federalist Paper #10 (1787)
Bill of Rights (1st 10 Amendments to the Constitution (1791)
Letters between Danbury Baptists and President Jefferson (1801/1802)
Amendments 11 - 27 (1795 - 1992)

You may use this book as a stand-alone product...And it also goes nicely with Catherine's new book, Understanding the United States Constitution.

We've also put together a great little timeline on the U.S. Constitution that you might also be interested in. You can see the simple, 6 page timeline here and the 21 page, illustrated timeline of the Constitution here.  You can also see our new, Understanding the Constitution book here.  (It includes the illustrated timeline, so you would not need to purchase both of those)

 
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September 18th, 2010
Important Constitutional Documents is a wonderful resource for learning/teaching how the U.S. Constitution was conceived. I'm using this in conjunction with Constitution Day Mini Study. [...]
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May 14th, 2010
I was so glad to find this! I am putting together an American History curriculum for my middle school age children and wanted to have various documents available to us to view, memorize parts, and interpret. How wonderful to find them all in one spot! [...]
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May 10th, 2010
Catherine Jaime has compiled a great set of original documents and excerpts of writings that will be a helpful resource for American History or American Government studies. There are many documents that will be very familiar to most people such as the [...]
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March 30th, 2010
This is a very helpful tool for studying early American history. [...]
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