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The Annotated U.S. Constitution

The Annotated United States Constitution is associated with the Geneseo American Democracy Project and the Collaborative Writing Project.

All members of the SUNY Geneseo community are invited to help annotate this version of the U.S. Constitution and its amendments. Students, faculty, administration, and staff can contribute content individually at any time. Faculty may wish to solicit or require student contributions in association with a class.

The Annotated United States Constitution makes no claim to be an authoritative souce of information about the history or meaning of the U.S. Constitution and its amendments. It is a teaching tool and a community forum and should be treated as such.

The Annotated United States Constitution will serve as the basis for a campus discussion of the Constitution planned for Constitution Day, 2008.


Before contributing to The Annotated U.S. Constitution, be sure to read the following guidelines carefully. If you fail to follow them, your contributions may be deleted and, in some circumstances, your wiki privileges may be revoked.

Guidelines for Contributors

  • Add a textual annotation to the Constitution or its amendments by placing square brackets ([]) around the word or phrase to be annotated and saving the page. This will turn the word or phrase into a link. Clicking the link in the saved page will begin a new page with the word or phrase as its title. Type your annotation in the new page, then save.
  • Edit an existing textual annotation by making changes to the page that contains the annotation. Since the Annotated United States Constitution is a collaborative project, you should be prepared for others to edit your contributions. Feel free to make improvements in style and form as well as content.
  • A textual annotation is any annotation that provides useful or interesting historical or legal context to the document.
  • If you consult a source (book, article, website, etc.) in creating or editing a textual annotation, acknowledge the source in a way that will enable others to find it, learn from it, and verify your work.
  • When making textual annotations, be careful not to alter the wording of the Constitution itself. If you do so by mistake, you can always restore the previous version of the page by clicking the Info tab. On the Info page, find the time stamp of the version just preceding yours. Click the time stamp, and on the page that comes up, you'll see a restore this version link in the yellow box at the top. Clicking this link will restore this version of the page.
  • Add opinions, reactions, questions, personal reflections, etc. to the document by clicking the Add Comment link at the bottom of the page in question and leaving a comment. Please use The Annotated U.S. Constitution to have your say about the document. That's one purpose of the project. However, do not create separate pages for personal content of this kind and do not inject personal content into the textual annotations.
  • Remember that in your textual annotations and personal comments you will be indentified by your real first and last name. It is not possible to contribute to the Geneseo wiki anonymously.
  • Do not add frivolous or irrelevant content to this space. It will be removed, and your privileges on the Geneseo wiki may be suspended or revoked.
  • Offensive or demeaning language directed at individuals or groups will not be tolerated. It will be removed, and the wiki privileges of the person who posted them will be permanently revoked.
  • You may add attachments to the pages of in this space in the form of audio, video, or other files so long as these files are relevant to the page and do not infringe on the author's copyright. Individual files may not exceed 10 mb.
  • Report abuse to schacht-at-geneseo-dot-edu.

Annotated U.S. Constitution Dos and Don'ts



Do make a textual annotation to the U.S. Constitution by linking a word or phrase of the original text to a page that you create.

Don't alter the wording of the Constitution itself or add content to the pages containing the original text.

Do edit an existing textual annotation by improving it or adding to it.

Don't inject personal content into textual annotations.

Do offer opinions, reactions, questions, personal reflections, etc. to the Constitution by using the Add Comment link on the page in question.

Don't attach files that are frivolous or irrelevant or that violate the author's copyright.

Do attach relevant files (up to 10 mb) to the pages in this space.

Don't abuse this space by vandalizing others' work; inserting or attaching irrelevant or frivolous content; or attacking or demeaning individuals or groups.

Do enjoy learning, sharing knowledge, or expressing yourself in this space as an individual or in connection with a class.


The original source for this copy of the U.S. Constitution is Project Gutenberg. You can download the full text (minus the amendments) in a variety of formats by going to

The source for the Amendments to the U.S. Constitution is Findlaw.

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