About

ConText is a groundbreaking online tool developed by the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier in partnership with the Brookings Institution. Working with an interdisciplinary group of historians, political theorists, lawyers, technological innovators, educators, and you, we are all together crowdsourcing the most important documents in history.

With ConText, you can:

  • explore documents by browsing the text
  • read annotations by our scholars
  • add your own observations and commentary

In the process, you will delve into each document's historical context and discover its relevance to the contemporary world.

Montpelier’s Center for the Constitution continues to innovate and explore new ways of illuminating James Madison’s contributions to America’s experiment in constitutional self-government, and in Madison’s words, the “cause of Liberty throughout the world.” Sign up now to become part of the conversation.