Constitutional Tales Website
This website is a resource in exploring the North Carolina Constitution and its history for lawyers, educators, judges, students, policy-makers, historians, and absolutely anyone with an interest in North Carolina. North Carolina has an incredibly rich history. And because of courageous leadership, we have one of the best constitutions in the country in creating a fundamental right to education.
Constitutional Tales is about sharing this legacy up to our present day constitution. The project began by sharing the Tales through live presentations. Ann McColl, an attorney and developer of the Tales, delivers the presentations using original documents and photographs and voice recordings. The State Capitol event on November 5, 2009, was the first full production, using actors to stage debates. To learn more, go to In the Community. You can check out photographs from the State Capitol event in the Photo Gallery.
Why this Website?
This website allows the Constitutional Tales project to serve another important purpose: to share resources to allow you to pursue your interests.
Go to Resources & Links to see the initial offering. You’ll find some original photographs and archival documents used in the Tales, an extensive annotated bibliography, and weblinks to get you to the rich resources available in our state and university library collections.
We are now in a time that also has great historical importance. Over time, the website will provide more resources and reflections on how the Tales relate to current policy and legal issues and how the Tales can shape our understanding of our shared history.
And finally, the website becomes a place to begin telling the stories that have been told in live presentations. This also will emerge over time.