Celebrate Constitution Day!
September 17, 2019
In 2004, Congress passed a provision declaring September 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, commemorating the day the Constitution was adopted in 1787. All schools that receive federal funds have been charged to provide educational programming pertaining to the Constitution on or near September 17.
Celebrate Constitution Day by learning more about this founding document of the United States of America. Below are several resources for you to explore.
Read the Notice of Implementation of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in the Federal Register.
Teaching and Related Resources
- Constitution Day from the National Constitution Center - find educational resources and learn about events. Explore the Constitution by Article, Amendment, and issue.
- U.S. Courts Constitution Day Educational Resources - from the U.S. Courts.
- Library of Congress American Memory: A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates - has journals (daily proceedings), letters, debates, and documentary records of the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention. Note: CSU affiliates have electronic access to the American State Papers and U.S. Serial Set via the "A-Z Databases" page.
- Library of Congress Primary Documents in American History - explore documents from the American Memory Historical Collections; view an image of an early printed broadside annotated in the hand of William Samuel Jackson.
- Library of Congress Constitution: Primary Source Set - Teacher's Guide (with links to digitized materials in the Library of Congress collections, including audio) and online primary source materials in PDF.
- National Archives Teaching With Documents: Observing Constitution Day - activities; also lessons by era.
- United States Senate Constitution of the United States gives a historical overview with text version of the Constitution along side an explanation for nearly every paragraph.
- World Book About America: The Constitution of the United States of America with Explanatory Notes (2004) - Overview of the Constitution in PDF--93 pages.
- University of Chicago Press and the Liberty Fund The Founders' Constitution - (Table of Contents). University of Chicago and the Liberty Fund. Themes, the Constitution, and Bill of Rights and Amendments. Site has fundamental documents, commentary about the strengths and weaknesses of the Constitution, and multiple commentaries on specific clauses.
- Kenneth Jost. Re-Examining the Constitution: Are Major Changes Needed? [CSU affiliates only; eID needed to view remotely.] CQ Researcher September 7, 2012.
- ConstitutionFacts.com Constitution Day 2017 - Quiz, educator's toolkit, facts, and more. Buy a "Pocket Constitution" for an iPhone and/or iPod touch ($1.99).
- Constitution Day has information about the Founding Fathers. Gift shop links related books and DVDs for sale to commercial site.
- National Paralegal College. Constitutional Law & Criminal Procedure. ©2003-2007. Laws and procedures with explanations relating to the Constitution. Application of existing Constitutional law to proposed laws and legislation.
Books Available in Morgan Library
Below is a small sampling of books about the Constitution available in Morgan Library and Storage (request). Search for thse in Books and More to find their call numbers, locations, and circulation status:
- The American Constitution in Context
- The American Polity: Essays on the Theory and Practice of Constitutional Government
- Beyond Confederation: Origins of the Constitution and American National Identity
- Beyond the Constitution
- Bicentennial of the United States Constitution: A Resource Guide
- Constitution of the United States: Published for the Bicentennial of Its Adoption in 1787
- Creating the Constitution: The Convention of 1787 and the First Congress
- Decision in Philadelphia: The Constitutional Convention of 1787
- Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States of America, Bill of Rights and Constitutional Amendments
- The Enduring Constitution: An Exploration of the First Two Hundred Years
- Essays on the Making of the Constitution
- Negotiating the Constitution: The Earliest Debates Over Original Intent
- The Penguin Guide to the United States Constitution
- The People's Guide to the United States Constitution
- Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution
- Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation
- The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation
Identify additional titles by subject in the library catalog (Books and More) using the following terms:
- Constitutional History United States
- United States Constitution
- United States Constitution Amendments
- United States Constitutional Convention (1787)
- United States Politics and government 1783-1789
Note that some titles identified by these subject headings are available online. For example, The Constitution of the United States of America As Amended [with] Unratified Amendments [and an] Analytical Index (June 20, 2003). There is a text and PDF version of this government document.
See also the related United States of America (History) Web page.
U.S. citizens may register to vote from anywhere online at the United States Election Assistance Commission. Click on the image of your state or territory (or on its name listed alphabetically below the map) to start the process.
A limited number of these pamphlets will be available the week before and after of Constitution Day 2019 on one of the display units opposite the Help Desk in Morgan Library.