Constitution DayOn May 24, 2005 the U. S. Department of Education announced that all educational institutions receiving federal funding must provide an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year in commemoration of the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787.

In December 2004, West Virginia's Democratic Senator, the late Robert C. Byrd, offered an amendment to designate September 17 as Constitution and Citizenship Day. Senator Byrd, who was known as the unofficial constitutional scholar of the United States Congress, believed that American school students lack significant knowledge regarding the United States Constitution. Constitution and Citizenship Day, September 17, is designated to the study and celebration of the United States Constitution.

In honor to celebrate Constitution and Citizenship Day 2010, the library will have a book display on the subject of the United States Constitution and the Surpeme Court. Free pocket size United States Constitution will also be available.

Below are links that will enable you to learn more about the United States Constitution and Constitution and Citizenship Day.

  • The Sunnylands Classroom
    Sunnylands Classroom, a project of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands has created classroom-ready digital resources to help schools celebrate the United States Constitution. The web site includes online videos, books and mini documentaries.
  • National Archives' Charters of Freedom
    Original documents, transcripts and biographical information on those who attended the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Read about events leading up to the Constitutional Convention. Discover which states did not send any delegates. The web site also has Images of the Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
  • Constitution Day 2012 at ConstitutionFacts.com
    This web site has free educational resources. Take a quiz to test your knowledge of the Constitution, try a crossword puzzle. Find out some fascinating facts and then find your Constitution I.Q..
  • Delegates to the Constitutional Convention
    There were 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention, but only 39 signed the Constitution. Find out more information about each member of the convention at this web site from the National Archives.
  • The Making of the Constitution
    Transcription of the introduction and the United States Constitution from the First Volume of the Annals of Congress. This web page is part the Library of Congress's American Memory web site.
  • The National Constitution Center's Interactive Constitution
    Search the United States Constitution by keyword, topic, or Supreme Court Case.

Suggested Books and DVDs/Videos available at the MacPhaidin Library

Books

Bowen, Catherine Drinker. Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention, May to September, 1787. Boston: Little, Brown, 1966. JK146 .B75

Farrand, Max. The Framing of the Constitution of the United States. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1913. JK146. F3

Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, John Jay. The Federalist. Introduction by Goldwin Smith. New York: The Colonial Press, 1901. JK154 1901

Kelly, Alfred Hinsey, Winfred A. Harbison and Herman Belz. The American Constitution: Its Origins and Development. 6th edition. New York: Norton, 1983. JK31 .K4 1983

Main, Jackson Turner. The Antifederalists: Critics of the Constitution, 1781-1788. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1961. JK116 .M2

Smith, Page. The Constitution, A Documentary and Narrative History. New York: Morrow, 1978. KF4541 .S64

United States. Constitutional Convention. The Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787, Which Framed the Constitution of the United States of America, Reported by James Madison. Edited by Gaillard Hunt and James Brown Scott. Reprint, Buffalo, NY: Prometheous Books, 1987. KF4510 .U54 1987

DVDs/Videos

Our Constitution: A Conversation. Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, 2005. KF 4550 .o87 2005.

The Constitution: That Delicate Balance. Media and Society Seminars of the Columbia University of Graduate School of Journalism. South Burlington, VT, 1984.

Key Constitutional Concepts. Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. Philadelphia, PA. 2006.