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In the fall of each year, colleges and universities across the country commemorate the U.S. Constitution with a variety of events, publications, and celebrations. While Constitution Day is officially September 17th, events often take place throughout the fall term at local institutions. In keeping with the spirit of the day, the following information highlights the meaning of the document as well as opportunities for further information and discussion.
History of Constitution Day
On September 17, 1787 the founders of the United States signed and sent the newly written Constitution to the original Thirteen Colonies for ratification. In commemoration of this historic event, the U.S. Congress drafted a bill in 2004 designating every September 17th as Constitution Day.
To learn more about the Constitution, click on the links below.
- Constitution Day - www.constitutionday.com
- Library of Congress - http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/bdsds/bdsdhome.html
- The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History - http://www.gilderlehrman.org/teachers/module2/index.html
- The Avalon Project: Yale Law School - http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/constpap.htm
- National Constitution Center - http://www.constitutioncenter.org/
- Fun Facts about the Constitution