The story has been told in the First Book; in this Second Book are the Constitutional documents so that if one cares to, he may read them. This is extra—and if what it contains bores you, blame your forefathers and not me.

This Second Book might be called a Constitutional History of the United States in Documents, for those essential ones not contained in the First Book are here. But if the study is made from a documentary viewpoint, one should include Chapter 11, The Declaration of American Rights, and Chapter 13, the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms—both in the First Book. Any student should also eventually read The Federalist, and Madison's Debates in the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

However, these documents ought not to bore anyone. Unnecessary junk and verbiage have been cut, although where necessary an entire document is presented, word for word. I have pored over hundreds of documents in getting the ones presented here. At first I had this book geared up to 100,000 words; now by proper arrangement and by elimination of extraneous matter, I have it down to around 30,000 words.

These are your documents, my good sir or good lady, as well as mine. So take a look, or else liberty may get gone with the wind.