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Sep 17 2020 - 09:00 AM
Today In History: Constitution Day

Constitution Day, also known as Citizenship Day, commemorates the signing of the Constitution of the United States on September 17th, 1787, when thirty nine delegates to the Constitutional Convention finalized one of our nation's most significant founding documents in Philadelphia, then capitol. The Constitution sets forth the supreme law of the land, democratic structure of our government, and greatest vision of human freedom, with certain inalienable rights expressed for those born or naturalized in the United States of America. Schools throughout the nation incorporate Constitution Day into the curricula to encourage awareness of this important day in history, as well as current social justice issues that stimulate thinking about society and the principles upon which our country is founded.

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.


  • Try a TC SuperSearch using key words "Constitution Day" and "United States" to find articles, books, book chapters, and more held in our collections.

  • Check out Educator Resources on Constitution Day at the National Archives for primary sources, workshop, webinar, e-books-courses-apps, and additional information about the Constitutional Convention, ratification process, and more.

  • Explore the Citizenship Education Project in the archives of Teachers College via Pocketknowledge. CEP (1949-1957) was a program funded by the Carnegie Foundation that sought to develop innovative curricula and methods and to create new ways of bringing these products to teachers throughout the United States so that they might be widely implemented.


  • Special News Slide, Courtesy of the Gottesman Libraries


Need to keep current, look to the past, teach a topic? The Everett Cafe features daily postings of news from around the world, and also promotes awareness of historical events from an educational context. Be sure to check additional Cafe News postings on the library blog.