“Understanding the Constitution” is a free reference and research tool from JSTOR Labs, designed for high school and college-level teachers and students. The app provides a new way to explore the U.S. Constitution by linking every section of the text to the academic scholarship on JSTOR that cites or quotes that section, clause, or amendment.
Are you researching the history of women’s suffrage? Looking for articles analyzing the abolition of slavery in the United States? Or a budding constitutional law nerd? This app will help you understand the Constitution and its place in U.S. history and government.
This app includes:
- the full text of the Constitution
- links to relevant research articles in academic journals on JSTOR
More than 60% of the journal articles are free to read online at JSTOR with a registered account, or may even be available through your school’s subscription.
The Constitution is the foundation of the United States legal system. Download this free app to learn about its interpretations throughout history, and like Benjamin Franklin, understand the context of its evolution:
“I confess that there are several parts of this Constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I shall never approve them. For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise.”
— Benjamin Franklin, 1787