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ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
A. Russell Mortensen, Director
HISTORIC SITES SURVEY
This volume was based on studies prepared under contract by Prof.
Assistant Editor: James H. Charleton
THIS BOOK IS ISSUED AS PART OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data
United States. National Park Service.
Signers of the Constitution: historic places commemorating the signing
(The National survey of historic sites and buildings, v. 19)
1. United States. Constitution—Signers. 2. Historic sites—
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In the celebration of the Bicentennial of the United States of America, we turn once more to examination and contemplation of our Nation's origins. One of the basic contributions to the strength and character of this country is our Constitution, which provides the framework and guidance for the conduct of our Government. Its creation, ratification, and evolution is one of the thrilling chapters in the history of government, not only in the United States but throughout the world. This charter document and its amendments, particularly the Bill of Rights, mold our governmental system and undergird our liberties.
This volume not only tells the story of the Constitution, recounts the lives of the men who conceived it, and describes the sites and buildings commemorating them, but also outlines the fundamental principles upon which our Nation is based.
Believing as I do that this book will contribute to understanding of what it means to be an American, I heartily recommend it to every citizen.
Thomas S. Kleppe