The free Interactive Constitution app presents the full text of the U.S. Constitution and features essays by leading scholars that detail areas of agreement and disagreement across a range of philosophical and legal perspectives. Created by the National Constitution Center in partnership with the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society, this nonpartisan resource is featured by the College Board in its Advanced Placement history and government courses. The Interactive Constitution was made possible by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
To use the Interactive Constitution, just hit the "Explore It" button on its opening screen. Then you can:
Select the "Articles" and "Amendments" tabs on the next screen to read the part of the Constitution that interests you.
For the first 15 Amendments, you can read the annotated text of each amendment, along with "Common Interpretations" - joint statements by leading scholars detailing areas of agreement - and "Matters of Debate," individual statements by those same scholars detailing discussing areas of disagreement, along with the annotated text of each amendment.
For Amendments 16-27, you can read the full annotated text, plus interpretations from the Annenberg Classroom, a national leader in resources for civic education.
For the Articles I-VII of the U.S. Constitution, you can read the full text of each article by sections, with annotations from some of the nation’s leading scholars and from the Annenberg Classroom.
The "About The Constitution" section contains a series of white papers that provide overarching background on the Constitution, its history, and how it should be interpreted and applied.
With this update, we've added more interpretations of Amendments.
Ratings and Reviews
I’m a university professor and I recommend this app to my students when studying the Constitution. Breaking things down by Article/Amendment makes reading the Constitution seem less daunting, and the system for indicating modifications by amendments makes it clear when/why the original text was altered. If you want to become more familiar with the Constitution, this app is a great place to start.
A wonderful app
A super resource to reference and learn about our constitution.
Navigation could be a little easier: it would be great to have a back button and a book mark feature so you can easily get back to where you were should you leave the app (presently if you leave you return at the home page).
Really like it, but needs some work.
This is a great app for quickly looking up and reading about each article and amendment. I could only give it three stars because if I wanted to follow any of the excellent links provided, I had no way to return to the app. I had to close whatever I was reading, reopen the app, and then find the spot where I left off. I hope the developers fix this soon.
- National Constitution Center
- 25.7 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2016-2018 The National Constitution Center
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