Writing It All Down:
The Art of Constitution Making for the State & the Nation, 1776-1833

Archives of Maryland: Documents for the Classroom
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Boulevard,
Annapolis, MD 21401

[painting of
men writing documents]
MSA SC 4314-1-1. Detail from a painting by J.L.G. Ferris
in Ladies Home Journal, date unknown.


  • to examine the English origins, the context, and the process by which Maryland wrote a state constitution in 1776

  • to examine the Maryland reaction to the Federal constitution proposed by the Philadelphia Convention of 1787

  • to look at how Maryland defined such individual rights as the right of non-Christians to hold office and the right to due process


The Documents for the Classroom series of the Maryland State Archives was designed and developed by Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse and Dr. M. Mercer Neale and was prepared with the assistance of R. J. Rockefeller, Lynne MacAdam and other members of the Archives staff. MSA SC 2221-04. Publication no. 3918. 1993 Maryland State Archives, rev. 3/1/1996.

For further inquiries, please contact Dr. Papenfuse at:
E-mail: edp@mdarchives.state.md.us
Phone: MD toll free 800-235-4045 or (410) 260-6401

This information resource of the Maryland State Archives is presented here for fair use in the public domain. When this material is used, in whole or in part, proper citation and credit must be attributed to the Maryland State Archives. PLEASE NOTE: Rights assessment for associated source material is the responsibility of the user.

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