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Q51. "I was wondering what things in the Constitution were actually original and what things were 'copyrighted?' I'm doing this for an essay. I know that a lot of things were from the Bible and from other constitutions, but could you give me a detailed list maybe?"

A. You are in error that there is a lot of text in the U.S. Constitution from the Bible and from other constitutions. Most of the Constitution was written by Gouverneur Morris of Pennsylvania after all the details had been hashed out by a body of thirty to fifty other men. Though I'm sure there are phrases and concepts from other sources, the U.S. Constitution is pretty original. On top of that, as a government document, and one that is over 200 years old, there is no copyright on it.

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