American Democracy

“It is well to remember that it is rules and laws that keep the powerful in check and the people in control.” –The Honorable Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, February 15, 2002.

Constitution of the United States

The Bill of Rights

Constitution Annotated

The Federalist Papers (essays by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay advocating for adoption of the Constitution)

Thomas Jefferson: A Manual of Parliamentary Practice for the Use of the Senate of the United States

Declaration of Independence

Thomas-Paine-Common-Sense

U.S. Congress records from 1774 to 1875

Additional Primary Documents in American History

How Our Laws Are Made

Separation of Powers and the Rule of Law

Reports from the nonpartisan congressional research service and Riddick’s Senate Procedure