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American History 101 - Lafayette: Developing a New Nation

Thanks to John Fribley - South Bend - for the use of this guide.


For more information on the Constitution of the United States, Visit the Library of Congress's website.

Federalist Papers

The Federalist Papers were a series of essay’s urging colonists to ratify the United States Constitution.  The Federalist Papers are an ideal source to understand what the original intent of the Constitution entailed. They were originally published anonymously under the name name “Publius,” but turned out to be influential politicians, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay.

Thomas Jefferson's Writings

The Online Library of Liberty contains the writings of President Thomas Jefferson. Reading these letters will put a better perspective on the events of the era.

Founding Fathers

Founding Fathers” refers to the delegates who participated in the Constitutional Convention of 1787. These individuals played a role in establishing the United States, and the attempt of creating a new government. The idea of this new government rested upon the idea of philosopher John Locke in that legitimate government rests on popular consent and a social contract, rather than force or conquest.

This Convention overturned the previous government, which was based upon the Articles of Confederation.

For brief biographies of each of the Founding Fathers who were delegates to the Constitutional Convention, visit the Biographical Index, created by the National Archives.

To view writings of the Finding Fathers, visit the Online Library of Liberty.