We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution, Level 3
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Howard Chandler Christy, Signing of the Constitution, Architect of the Capitol, House wing, east stairway
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Lesson 17 Primary Sources

"Left Wing Manifesto" (1919)

The "Left Wing Manifesto" was a document by Benjamin Gitlow, used as the basis for his prosecution on anarchy charges by the state of New York. While the U.S. Supreme Court upheld his conviction, its opinion held for the first time that the Fourteenth Amendment's due process clause protected personal rights from infringement by the states.

Constitution of the Confederate States of America, 1861

The text of the Constitution of the Confederate States of America in 1861.

Lincoln's First Inaugural Address

Lincoln delivered his first inaugural address after seven states had seceded, inaugurated their own president and rose their own flag.

South Carolina Declaration of Causes (1852)

South Carolina Declaration of Causes (1852).

Three-fifths Compromise

The Three-fifths Clause of Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution.

United States Constitution

The supreme law of the United States that provides the framework for the government. The Constitution outlines the nation's institutions of government and the most important rights of the people. The document was created in 1787 during the Philadelphia Convention. The government created by the Constitution took effect on March 4, 1789.

Lesson 17      How Did the Civil War Test and Transform the American Constitutional System?
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