Understanding the U.S. Constitution
Considering the intense public discussion about various portions of the U.S. Constitution recently, you may want to refresh your understanding of all or part of it and read related annotations, essays, or scholarship.
Here are a few key resources you may find useful:
The Constitution Annotated: “In publication for over 100 years, The Constitution of the United States: Analysis and Interpretation – a.k.a., The Constitution Annotated or CONAN, is a comprehensive, government-sanctioned record of the interpretations of the Constitution.” For annotations, click the gray box in the upper right of each section. Cornell Law School has developed a version of CONAN organized in an outline of hyperlinks if you prefer that format.
Annenberg Guide to the U.S. Constitution – the text of the U.S. Constitution followed in each section by an interpretation of that section; a project of the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, a nonpartisan communication policy center; policy-wise they lean progressive.
The Heritage Guide to the Constitution – the text of the U.S. Constitution accompanied by several essays that offer interpretations of each article as well as amendments; a project of The Heritage Foundation, a policy center not affiliated with a specific political party; their mission is to “promote conservative public policies.”
JSTOR’s Understanding the Constitution – an interface to the text of the U.S. Constitution with a section-by-section right margin that links directly to articles from JSTOR that cite that corresponding section. TIP: Log into your JSTOR account before using this tool so you can immediately access articles that interest you.