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Citizenship Day and Constitution Week: Home

The Congress, by joint resolution, designated September 17th as "Citizenship Day" and the week beginning September 17th and ending September 23rd of each year as "Constitution Week".

Continental Congress and Constitution

Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention Broadsides

provides 274 documents related to Congress (1774 to 1788) and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. Items include the journals of Congress, resolutions, proclamations, committee reports, treaties, and early printed versions of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Among the topics: the armed forces, foreign relations, Indians, land settlement, laws, money, and pirates.

Observing Constitution Day: The Signers of the Constitution
Find out about the delegates who signed the Constitution on September 17, 1787.

iTunes U course

United States Constitution

by National Archives and Records Administration

Course Description

In this course, we have compiled a Multi-Touch book for iPad – Exploring the United States Constitution - as well as blog posts, online articles, videos, documents, and activities in the DocsTeach App for iPad.
You will learn about the Constitutional Convention, drafting and ratifying the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the three branches of our Federal government, and how the National Archives is preserving our Constitution. While exploring the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, you will touch on topics including: the Census, Senators' pay, patents, the school lunch program, voting rights, child labor, the Electoral College system, declaration of war, Japanese-American internment, the Watergate investigation, school integration, violence toward civil rights activists, religion and the presidency, court packing, military tribunals, the right to a fair trial, unreasonable searches and seizures, "separate but equal" laws, free speech during wartime, and religion in schools.

Charters of Freedom

Read the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution and learn how these documents impacted the course of the country at The Charters of Freedom

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For Constitution Day, Professor Anthony Johnstone will be giving a lecture on Constitutional Amendments. The Lecture will be held at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library in the East Faculty Office area. The event will begin at 6pm on September 17th .

Professor Johnstone teaches Constitutional Law, Election Law, and Public Regulation of Business among other courses. Before joining the School of Law, Johnstone served as the Solicitor for the State of Montana.  In that position, he advised and represented the State in constitutional and complex litigation at the trial and appellate levels. Johnstone also clerked for the Honorable Sidney R. Thomas, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and practiced litigation as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, New York. Johnstone holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School

Constitution of the United States

Video from CSPAN

History Bookshelf: Pauline Maier  Constitution of the United States

“Pauline Maier discusses her book, "Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788."  She details the history of the ratification process of the U.S. Constitution, recounting the year-long debates that took place throughout the country following the 1787 Constitutional Convention.”

 

James Madison Papers

James Madison Papers

Includes 12,000 letters, notes, legislation, and other documents from the man considered the Father of the Constitution. These documents (1723-1836), including an autobiography, help illuminate Madison’s pivotal role in the Constitutional Convention as well as his nine years in the House of Representatives, his tenure as Secretary of State, and his two terms as our fourth President. Essays discuss Madison's life and his role at the Constitutional Convention