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Constitution Day - September 17, 2012: Home

What is Constitution Day?

225 Years of the Constitution

2012 marks the 225th anniversary of signing of the United States Constitution by 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia (September 17, 1787). Following the Constitutional Convention, the document was sent to the states for ratification.

September 17th of each year is celebrated as “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.


Recognition

Parts of this guide were found in libguides from the University of Delaware LIbrary, Kalamazoo College Library, and  Lyndon State University Library.

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."

—United States Constitution, Preamble

Resources

  • This annotated version of the Constitution provides the original text (left-hand column) with commentary about the meaning of the original text and how it has changed since 1789 (right-hand column).
  • Bill of Rights
    From the National Archives, this site discusses the first ten Amendments to the Constitution.
  • Centuries of Citizenship
    From the National Constitution Center, highlights key dates and events through 200 years of Constitutional history.
  • Delegates to the Constitutional Convention
    This site from the National Archives gives brief biographies for each of the delegates to the Continental Convention, as well as a biographical overview of all the delegates.
  • Federal Resources for Educational Excellence - U.S. Constitution
    This site is a listing of Federal resources about the Constitution.
  • Interactive Constitution
    The full text of the Constitution, as well as the ability to search the text, explore by topic, and search the text by Supreme Court decisions.
  • Journals of the Continental Congress
    The First Continental Congress met from September 5 to October 26, 1774. The Second Continental Congress ran from May 10, 1775, to March 2, 1789. The Journals of the Continental Congress are the records of the daily proceedings of the Congress.
  • Library of Congress Constitution Day Sources
    "The Library of Congress has compiled a variety of materials from across its collections. Explore these rich resources and features to learn more about one of America’s most important documents."
  • National Constitution Center - Constitution Day
    A non-profit, non-partisan center to advance the awareness and understanding of the Constitution.
  • The Constitutional Convention Day by Day
    A day by day account of the Constitutional Convention.
  • The Federalist Papers
    From the Library of Congress, a series of 85 articles written by James Madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton promoting ratification of the Constitution.
  • The Founders' Constitution
    This site consists of extracts from the leading works of political theory, history, law, and constitutional argument on which the Framers and their contemporaries drew and which they themselves produced.

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