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The Institute’s primary publication is “Jefferson & Madison’s Guide to the Constitution.” This publication is intended to assist teachers, students, parents, and citizens in understanding and appreciating the Constitution of the United States of America. It is designed as a handbook for studying the Constitution in the tradition of the founders, using the source documents and writings identified by them as the “best guides” to its principles and meaning. These sources include the writings of Locke and Sidney, the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and Washington’s Farewell Address.

The Institute encourages the reading and study of America's Founding Documents and their Sources in our public schools. See:

Recommended Source Books and Suggested Reading List:

fedThe Federalist Papers

By Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay
(available in paperback from Signet, Mentor, Penguin, and Bantam books)

am-primerAn American Primer

Edited by Daniel J. Boorstin
Contains the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, George Washington's Inaugural and Farewell Addresses, Thomas Jefferson's Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and other important U. S. historical documents. (available in paperback from Meridian (Penguin))


discouragesDiscourses Concerning Government

By Algernon Sidney (Edited by Thomas G. West, Liberty Fund, Inc., 1996)



essayAn Essay Concerning the True Original, Extent and End of Civil Government

By John Locke (in Social Contract, Oxford University Press, 1960)



vindicatingVindicating the Founders

By Thomas G. West
(Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1997)



The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution book coverThe Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

By Bernard Bailyn
(Harvard University Press, 1992)



book6Never Before in History: America's Inspired Birth

By Gary Amos and Richard Gardiner
(Pandas Publications, Haughton Publishing Company, 1998)


mirclesMiracle at Philadelphia

By Catherine Drinker Bowen
(Paperback, Little Brown & Company, Inc.)