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.
- Constitution Day. (1920, Sep 17). The Washington Post (1877-1922)
- Randolph, L. (1934, Sep 16). Constitution Day. Los Angeles Times (1923-1995)
- Lehman Sets Constitution Day Sept. 17 (1935, Sep 14). New York Herald Tribune (1926-1962)
- Shientag, B. L. (1947, Sep 17). Constitution Day: Document's Role In Legal History Of U. S. Cited. New York Herald Tribune (1926-1962)
- Honoring the Constitution. (1956, Sep 18). The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current File)
- Grasso, E. T. (1962, Sep 16). The People's Forum: Constitution Day. The Hartford Courant (1923-1994)
- September 17--A Good Day For Flag-Waving. (1969, Sep 18). The Hartford Courant (1923-1994)
- DeBenedictis, N. (1987, Oct 16). What Did 'We the People' Mean? Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)
- Debnam, B. (2003, Aug 24). See the Charters Of Freedom. The Washington Post (1974-Current File)
- Trumbull, M. (2005, Sep 16). America, Meet Your Republic's Roots: Constitution Day will Be Observed For the First Time Sept. 17, But Some Say Civic Lessons Should Come All Year. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current File)
- Halper, L. (2006, Aug 04). Constitution Day With Real Life Lessons. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current File)
- Zernike, K. (2011, Sep 17). The Constitution Has Its Day, and a Struggle For Its Spirit Breaks Out. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- 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.
- Constitution, 4th of July, Courtesy of Needpix
- Special News Slide, Courtesy of the Gottesman Libraries
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