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In the Reading Room, you can find longer works, to be read at your convenience.

The Girondin Constitution: the French revolutionary constitution proposed to the National Convention after the arrest of Louis XVI in 1793.  The drafting committee included such luminaries as Thomas Paine and the Marquis de Condorcet.  The document was the first attempt at democratic republic, but was cast aside for a much simpler constitution (the “Jacobin Constitution”).  I translated this from this archive of French constitutions; this was before online translators were any good.

A Model Declaration of Rights for the United Statesmy own attempt at what a declaration of rights might look like for a democratic United States in the 21st century.  I’ve cribbed from a lot of other contemporary democratic constitutions.