Learn about the text, history, and meaning of the U.S. Constitution from leading scholars of diverse legal and philosophical perspectives.
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.
A new look for the Interactive Constitution -- check out our version 2.0 release!
Ratings and Reviews
What I like most is that you can easily see if a part has been changed by a later amendment or ruling. For example in an Article where the text is highlighted an interactive note will tell you what has changed since the original and reference the amendment etc with the change. A very helpful way to study the Constitution, original vs as it applies today and why changes were made.
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This seems like a good App, and I’ve used it several times. However, this morning I was reading an article when a page selling real estate appeared! Not only did it appear, it stayed! I can find no method with which to close out of the real estate page, and return to the App content. I give it a 2, because down under the advertisement page is a good App, so I didn’t want to go to a 1. But I’ve tried closing the App, and coming back in, but the real estate advertising page continues to block any part of the App. Really it deserves a zero, because the App’s no longer worth anything.
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.
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- National Constitution Center
- 17.6 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.