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The United States Constitution

The Evolution of a Government: A Study of the United States Constitution


The Constitution of United States is one of the most significant and complicated documents in American history. Historians have tried for over two centuries to understand and interpret the complexities of this document. We at the National Archives at Atlanta would like to provide a guide that presents a solid understanding of the intricacies of this manuscript and its relevance to the South.

This guide contains two elements. The first portion explains the origin of the Constitution: the environment, the elements, and the key figures of 1776-1787. The second portion is a more specific application which explains the Constitution in relation to the eight southern states represented by the National Archives at Atlanta. These states include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

These documents are entirely from the holdings of the National Archives and reflect the actions of the federal government or citizens' response to those actions. Each document illuminates the evolutionary nature of the Constitution.


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