For readers interested in the study of this historic
document and its relevance to contemporary democratic
government, this publication offers the complete, authoritative
text of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the other
amendments ratified since the first 10. It includes an essay
on the historical developments that led to the convening of the
Constitutional Convention, the disputes and compromises among
the delegates, and the ratification and amendment process.
Finally, it also provides explanatory notes for the text of the Constitution and its 27 amendments.