The rotunda for the charters of freedom located on the upper level of the national archives museum the rotunda for the charters of freedom is the permanent home of the original declaration of independence constitution of the united states and bill of rights designed by architect john russell pope as a shrine to american democracy the ornate rotunda with its soaring domed ceiling also . The constitution acted like a colossal merger uniting a group of states with different interests laws and cultures under americas first national government the articles of confederation the states acted together only for specific purposes. The articles of confederation and perpetual union was the first constitution of the united states it was drafted by the second continental congress from mid 1776 through late 1777 and ratification by all 13 states was completed by early 1781 the articles of confederation gave little power to the central government the confederation congress could make decisions but lacked enforcement powers. The enumeration in the constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people amendment x the powers not delegated to the united states by the constitution nor prohibited by it to the states are reserved to the states respectively or to the people. The constitution of the united states the bill of rights all amendments a highly accessible easy to use online version full text transcript including the bill of rights and the rest of the amendments with both sequential and subject indexes
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