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Academy of States 4.0:
Constitution Boot Camp

The Academy of States is a collaborative effort of leading advocates who desire that our several state legislatures would bring reform to our federal government through a convention for proposing amendments authorized and empowered by Article V of the U.S. Constitution.

Congratulations on your election to your state legislature, and welcome to the Path To Reform Constitution Boot Camp!


Every state legislator in America takes an oath to uphold the United States Constitution. Why? Because the Constitution requires it! 

One of the groundbreaking features of our Constitution is that it was meant to be read and understood by everyday people. It was widely published in local newspapers and discussed at length by Americans before it was ratified—not by politicians, but by state conventions through which the people had specific and direct input. 

We applaud your willingness to invest time to better understand how “the supreme Law of the Land” impacts your legislative role. We know how busy legislators are, so we’ve curated content from a variety of sources that can be digested in small bites. After finishing the Boot Camp, you will be better equipped to ponder the issues you and your constituents face through a constitutional lens. 

It is our hope that you will not only feel more confident as you carry out the duties of your office but that you will also embrace your role in the checks-and-balances system of our governance nationally. 

THIS SELF-GUIDED COURSE in understanding the US Constitution is available in a downloadable PDF that you can work through at your own pace. It includes

   1. The original text of the US Constitution presented by Article and Section.

   2. Links to additional resources about the Constitution, government, and civics.

   3. Questions to consider as you seek further understanding of the text and its implications.

Look Inside the Boot Camp

The Preamble

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


Democratic Ideals in the Preamble to the US Constitution, Khan Academy

1. Without referring to the rest of the Constitution, what can we learn about our government from the Preamble?
2. How well do you think the United States has lived up to the ideals expressed in the Preamble?

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