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Constitution Day

Resources and events for the annual Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, September 17.

Government Information, History, and Asia Studies Librarian

Marilyn Von Seggern
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Office: Terrell Library 120M
509 335-8859

The Establishment of Constitution Day

In 1952 Congress passed a joint resolution declaring Sept. 17 as a day of commemoration for the signing of the U.S. Constitution and "National Citizenship Day" to  recognize all those who had attained American citizenship.  In 2005 it was formally named "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day" in Public Law 108-447, the Consolidated Appropriations Act. 

For more about the creation of this commemorative day see the Law Library of Congress' page, "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day."

 

Teaching Materials for Constitution Day

Teaching with Documents: Observing Constitution Day    Curriculum ideas from the National Archives

Constitution Day  (U.S. Courts)

Constitution Day Resources   Thomas (Library of Congress)

United States Constitution

Click Image to EnlargeConstitution of the United States (FDsys)   Analysis and interpretation, Supreme Court cases, Bill of Rights, 2002 and 1992 editions and supplements.

Constitucion de los Estados Unidos (National Archives)

Charters of Freedom: Constitution of the United States  (National Archives)     View images of the original document and read about the times in which the Constitution was signed. "Questions and Answers" provides details of the Constitutional Convention, writing and ratification, etc.

The U.S. Government Printing Office (USGPO), working in conjunction with the Library of Congress and the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, released an iOS app and web-based publication of an annotated version of the United States Constitution. Known as the 'Constitution Annotated,' it will now be updated with new constitutional law case analysis 3-4 times a year rather than once every 2 years with a 10-year gap between bound editions.  The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is charged with providing the update analysis. The web publication is at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-CONAN-2013/content-detail.html   The free app may be downloaded at iTunes via this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/u.s.-constitution-analysis/id692260032?mt=8

Interactive Constitution The National Constitution Center, a non-profit organization based in Philadelphia, provides this website that allows keyword searching of the Constitution with discussion of the text, exploration by topic with as "checks and balances," and "due process," and Supreme Court cases that have interpreted the Constitution.

Image:  United States Constitution. National Archives.

United States Constitution (original at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.)

 

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U.S. Constitution--Resources

Books, videos, and other resources about the U.S. Constitution, Amendments, Bill of Rights, constitutional law, and related topics can be checked out from the WSU Libraries. Click on the 'Books and Videos' link above to  get some ideas, or search the WSU catalog, Search It.

Primary Documents in American History: the Constitution  (Library of Congress)    The American Memory History Collection includes the full-text of documents providing background on the framing and writing of the Constitution such as Elliot's Debates, Farrand's Records, and Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789.

A more perfect union.  CNN, 1987.  Videos 1-8.  A video series on the U.S. Constitution.  WSU Media Materials & Reserves

The Founder's Constitution    (University of Chicago Press)    An anthology of writings  "of a wide array of people engaged in the problem of making popular government safe, steady, and accountable." This site makes accessible the 5-vol. work by broad themes, by article, section, and clause of the Constitution, and by keyword.

"Creating the United States Constitution"  An online exhibit by the Library of Congress

Primary Documents in American History--U.S. Constitution   Also from the Library of Congress

United States Constitution; Texts, Commentaries, Historical Texts and Judicial Decisions  Resources compiled by the Law Library of Congress

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