September 12, 2011
September 17th is recognized in the United States as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. The purpose of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is to commemorate the creation and signing of the supreme law of the land and to honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship for both native-born and naturalized citizens.
"My political curiosity, exclusive of my anxious solicitude for the public welfare, leads me to ask who authorized them (the framers of the Constitution) to speak the language of 'We, the People,' instead of 'We, the States'?" ~Patrick Henry, 1788 (Orations of American Orators)
What is Constitution Day?
View the following resources for more information:
Constitution of the United States of America
Text version of the Constitution
Constitution, Bill of Rights and Amendments
National Constitution Center
The following resources provide a range of activities to stimulate thought, interest and discussion about Constitution Day:
New York Times: Constitution Day Planning Guide
CollegeZone: Constitution Day Resources
Web Resources for Constitution Day
Bill of Rights Institute: Constitution Day