Exploring the United States Constitution


In celebration of the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in Philadelphia in 1787, we compiled a selection of writings published over the last three decades by our education staff. Each chapter connects one or more of the billions of records in the holdings of the National Archives to the principles found in the United States Constitution. These records exemplify the workings of the three branches of the federal government as laid out in our Constitution.

  • For PC or Mac, or iPhone, iPad, Android phone, or Android tablet using the Scribd app

  • For iPad only:
    This free book is available for download on your computer with iTunes or on your iPad with iBooks.

  • For iTunes U on iPad:
    Access the course for free with the iTunes App for iPad.  In this course, you will learn about the Constitutional Convention, drafting and ratifying the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the three branches of our Federal government, and how we're preserving the Constitution. The course includes the Exploring the United States Constitution Multi-Touch book, as well as blog posts, articles, videos, documents, and learning activities in the DocsTeach App for iPad.