The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights: Educational Resources
Following are links to organizations that provide access to the text of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, as well as extensive supplementary information and educational materials. Be sure to start your research with the National Archive and the Library of Congress. All organizations and resources are listed in alphabetical order.
The Avalon Project
The Avalon Project at Yale University is dedicated to providing online access to primary source materials in the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. You will many important American documents including Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, as well as many individual state constitutions and other important primary source documents.
Bill of Rights Institute
Discover ways to educate students on the ideas of America’s founders.
Founded in May of 2005 and launched on the Constitution’s 200th birthday, ConSource, also known as The Constitutional Sources Project, is a non-profit, public organization aimed at creating the first, free, comprehensive, online library of Constitution-related source materials including authoritative transcripts and high quality digital images of the original documents.
The Constitution Society
The Constitution Society is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to research and public education on the principles of constitutional republican government. It publishes documentation, engages in litigation, and organizes local citizens groups to work for reform.
The Library of Congress
Find a comprehensive list and content for major primary documents in American history covering three historical periods: The American Revolution and the New Nation, 1763-1815; National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860; and Civil War and Reconstruction, 1860-1877.
The National Archive
See a photo of the original Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, as well as their complete texts. Great supplementary information.
National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center in historic Philadelphia is America’s most interactive history museum. Located just two blocks from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, it is the only museum devoted to the U.S. Constitution and the story of We, the People. Find the copies of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and the Magna Carta – widely viewed as one of the most important legal documents in the history of democracy.
U.S. Constitution Online
This educational website includes the full text of the Constitution, as well as teaching tips and discussion of Constitution related topics.
This site provides information about the signers of the Declaration, the history of the Declaration, and an online version of the Declaration for you to read.
The White House
Basic information about the Constitution, including the full text. While researching the Constitution, you may want to check out the White House website’s resources regarding the legislative branch of government.
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