The Constitution Online

The Heritage Foundation has released ConstitutionOnline.com for public consumption and use. It’s a very well-done clause-by-clause commentary on the Constitution, along with a few brief but informative background essays and teaching materials. The site is commendably spin-free (unless you count a tempered, openly declared commitment to originalist methods and sources as “spin”). The clause-by-clause organization has its natural limitations; for example, figuring out how the individual clauses fit into the larger architecture requires a good deal of work on the reader’s part. Still, it’s a very good idea to expose a hopefully broad audience to the stuff that’s actually in the Constitution. High school and college students—and those who teach them—will find the site a terrific resource.