Each year, September 17th marks “Constitution Day” in the United States. It is a day in which we reflect on just how lucky we are to have a Constitution that has been in effect for so long, plus, we have great discussions about constitutional theory. Many think tanks and interest groups and colleges host events around Constitution Day, so keep an eye out for those this year and in future years. We celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th because that marked the last day the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met and signed the document that we now look up to as one of the most important documents in the world.  You can read the full Constitution here. 

But of course, it wouldn’t be Constitution Day without talking about books about the Constitution. Here are seven books about the history of the Constitution and Constitutional theory. 

America’s Constitution: A Biography In America’s Constitution, one of this era’s most accomplished constitutional law scholars, Akhil Reed Amar, gives the first comprehensive account of one of the world’s great political texts. Incisive, entertaining, and occasionally controversial, this “biography” of America’s framing document explains not only what the Constitution says but also why the Constitution says it.

How to Read the Constitution-And WhyThis invaluable—and timely—resource includes the Constitution in its entirety and covers nearly every significant aspect of the text,  from the powers of the President and how the three branches of government are designed to hold each other accountable, to what it means to have individual rights—including free speech, the right to bear arms, the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and the right to an abortion. Finally, the book explains why it has never been more important than now for all Americans to know how our Constitution works—and why, if we don’t step in to protect it now, we could lose its protections forever.

The Heritage Guide to the ConstitutionA landmark work of more than one hundred scholars, The Heritage Guide to the Constitution is a unique line-by-line analysis explaining every clause of America’s founding charter and its contemporary meaning.

The U.S. Constitution: A ReaderFeaturing 113 primary source documents, The US Constitution: A Reader was developed for teaching the core course on the US Constitution at Hillsdale College.

The United States Constitution: A Graphic AdaptationThe United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation uses the art of illustrated storytelling to breathe life into our nation’s cornerstone principles. Simply put, it is the most enjoyable and groundbreaking way to read the governing document of the United States. Spirited and visually witty, it roves article by article, amendment by amendment, to get at the meaning, background, and enduring relevance of the law of the land.

The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our EraIn The Constitution Today, Akhil Reed Amar, America’s preeminent constitutional scholar, considers the biggest and most bitterly contested debates of the last two decades and provides a passionate handbook for thinking constitutionally about today’s headlines. Amar shows how the Constitution’s text, history, and structure are a crucial repository of collective wisdom, providing specific rules and grand themes relevant to every organ of the American body politic.

Our Lost Constitution: The Wilful Subversion of America’s Founding DocumentIn Our Lost Constitution, Senator Mike Lee tells the dramatic, little-known stories behind six of the Constitution’s most indispensible provisions. He shows their rise. He shows their fall. And he makes vividly clear how nearly every abuse of federal power today is rooted in neglect of this Lost Constitution.

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Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member