Writing It All Down:
The Art of Constitution Making for the
State & the Nation, 1776-1833
Archives of Maryland: Documents for the
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Boulevard,
Annapolis, MD 21401
MSA SC 4314-1-1. Detail from a painting by J.L.G. Ferris
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
essay by Dr. Papenfuse first published in the Baltimore
Sun, December 14, 1991, p. 9A, and in modified form in
Maryland Humanities, Winter, 1992, an overview of the "Maryland
Constitutional Convention of 1776," revised from the
introduction to the Decisive Blow is Struck (Annapolis:
Maryland Hall of Records, 1977), and biographical sketches of the
Maryland delegation to the Constitutional Convention: Five
Delegates to Philadelphia.
- Guide to
- Museums & Historic Sites including the Maryland
State House, the scene of most of the efforts at writing it all
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.
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