Happy Constitution day! (Remember to fly your flag today.)
Have you read the U.S. Constitution lately?
Contrary to what your local Tea Party claims, it hasn’t changed. But most people need a refresher from time to time.
Okay, maybe that’s a little tough to read. Check out the on-line display of the National Archives and Records Administration in the Charters of Freedom section:
- A much-easier-to-read transcript of the Constitution (so you don’t have to strain at the image above)
- “A More Perfect Union,” an essay on the creation of the Constitution
- Questions and answers on the 1787 Convention in Philadelphia, and on the Constitution
- The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution
- Amendments 11 through 27 — notice that, although not ratified until 1991, the 27th Amendment was in the package of amendments proposed by James Madison in 1789, a package of twelve proposed amendments, of which ten were ratified within a few months to become the Bill of Rights
- Stories about the delegates to the Philadelphia Convention in 1787
- Faulkner murals in the Archives Rotunda, on the presentation of the Constitution (and Declaration of Independence)
- Information on visiting the actual documents, at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
The Constitution Center in Philadelphia plans a full day of celebration, much of it streamed online for classroom use:
It’s easy to view our most popular Constitution Day programs in the classroom! Tune in tomorrow to watch the live broadcasts!Watch as we kick off the day with a rousing reading of the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States on the museum’s front lawn!
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer meets with students for a town hall conversation about his work with the Constitution and the ins and outs of his job!Justice Stephen Breyer returns to discuss his latest book, The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities, as well as how American law applies in international contexts.Catch the newest edition of our award-winning video series and join our staff for a live discussion about Constitution Day! The chat will be available until September 23, from 7 AM to 6 PM EDT.
Follow along with our festivities on social media and share your own celebration! Join the conversation with @ConstitutionCtr and #ConstitutionDay!
Justice Stephen Breyer’s interview alone should be worth the price of admission. He’s taking on the bizarre notion that U.S. judges should never look to see what foreign courts and legislatures do. That view has led to state laws recently that claim to ban local courts’ use of foreign law.
In the year of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta? Hello?
Odd fact for Constitution Day: There is no direct mention of a U.S. flag in the Constitution.
- Constitution’s extra page shown in public for first time (news.yahoo.com)
- September 17th is Constitution Day! (rulibrary.typepad.com)
- OUR VIEW: The U.S. Constitution at 225 (tauntongazette.com)
- Baker Center celebrates Constitution Day (knoxnews.com)
- The Bill Of Rights Institute Celebrates Constitution Day With Free Education Resources (paramuspost.com)
- U.S. Day, March 4 — anniversary of the Constitution’s enactment
- Constitution Day 2008 – featuring links to interactive Howard Chandler Christy painting of the signing of the document
- Oh, heck — go directly there! Prof. Gordon Lloyd created an interactive version of Christy’s painting, linking to information about each of the delegates pictured — it’s fun
- Celebrating Constitution Day All Week Long! (teacherlingo.com)
- The Bill of Rights Institute Celebrates Constitution Day With Free Education Resources (educationviews.org)
- Lesson plans for the day from the U.S. Constitution Center
- Interactive Constitution (from the Constitution Center)
- Could you pass the test to become a U.S. citizen? Try this quiz from the Constitution Center
- Constitution in your pocket — from the Washington Post