Constitution Booklet FAQs

Why do some words appear to be misspelled in the Constitution booklet?

We got the text for our Constitution booklet from and they have included the original text which uses alternate spellings such as defence, chuse, labour, and controul. The word "Pennsylvania" was misspelled with only one "n" instead of two when it was written next to the signatures of the signers, and the version of the Constitution took the liberty to correct this. However, the use of the word "it's" in Article I, Section 10 was left as it was, although if it were corrected, it would have been "its". We tried to keep the capitalization exactly like in the version.

*Please note: Without our knowledge, our computer capitalized the word "done" in the first sentence of the second paragraph of Article VII. We plan to change "Done" back to "done" when we produce Constitution booklet version 1.2.

Why didn't you include The Declaration of Independence in your Constitution booklet?

The booklet is printed on five sheets of paper which, after being folded in half, require one to cut through 10 sheets, which we've found to be the limit of what we think is reasonable to expect a normal pair of scissors to cut. Also, when people in government and the military take an oath, it is usually to preserve, protect, support, and/or defend the Constitution without mention of The Declaration of Independence. We tried to fit it in because it is very important, but we felt it took away too much from the simplicity and ease of construction of the Constitution booklet.

Why didn't you include The Preamble to The Bill of Rights in your Constitution booklet?

When deciding what should go in our Constitution booklet we looked at a number of other sites on the Web to see what they considered necessary to include as part of the Constitution. The site we patterned out booklet off of was one of the sites that did not include The Preamble to The Bill of Rights. We plan to revisit this issue when it comes time to make the next version of the Constitution booklet to see if we can get The Preamble to The Bill of Rights to fit without having to add another sheet of paper and without having to sacrifice too much readability.

How do I get my printer to print on both sides of the paper?

Some printers can print on both sides of the paper automatically, which makes it very easy for you. On the other hand, some printers require varying degrees of effort to print on both sides of the paper. Usually, through one of your printer dialog windows, you can tell your printer you want to print on both sides of the paper. When you do this, your printer will print out one side of each sheet and then ask you to reinsert the same pages a certain way back into the printer so it can properly print the second side of each sheet. If you just can't seem to figure how to get it to work, then you can always do it the long, slow way and print out just page 1 and then flip the sheet over and re-insert it into the printer and print out just page 2. Then you put a new sheet in and print out just page 3 and then flip it over and print out just page 4. If you continue this approach, eventually you should be able to slowly but surely print out all 10 pages on your 5 sheets in the correct order. However, it is probably quicker to figure out how to get your printer to print on both sides of the paper.

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