May 18, 2022

National Archives (NARA) Releases Free eBook and App in Honor of Constitution Day

From the National Archives and Records Administration:

In celebration of Constitution Day [tomorrow, September 17, 2014], the National Archives Center for Legislative Archives today launched Congress Creates the Bill of Rights, a free mobile app and eBook.


The Center for Legislative Archives, which houses the official records of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, created the app and eBook to mark the 225th anniversary of Congress’s historic achievement in proposing a set of amendments that would become the Bill of Rights. The Center also created lesson plans and teaching activities for teachers and students to use with the app and eBook.

The app, eBook, and educational resources [lesson plans] are all available online

The app is available for download on iPad at the App Store.

The eBook is available for download on the National Archives website [EPUB format] and in iTunes and the iBookstore for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

Congress Creates the Bill of Rights mobile app is an interactive learning tool for tablets that lets the user experience the proposals, debates, and revisions that shaped the Bill of Rights in the First Congress. Its menu-based organization presents a historic overview, a one-stop source that includes the evolving language of each proposed amendment as it was shaped in the House and the Senate, a close-up look at essential documents, a “time-lapse” display of the creation of the First Amendment, and more.

Congress Creates the Bill of Rights eBook presents a historic narrative focusing on James Madison’s leadership role in creating the Bill of Rights and effectively completing the Constitution. Starting with the crises facing the nation in the 1780s, the narrative traces the call for constitutional amendments from the state ratification conventions, and takes the reader inside Congress as the House and the Senate worked to formulate a set of amendments to send to the states.

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