Constitution Week is one of the lesser known holidays, but to those who do know of it, it speaks directly to our sense of freedom and democracy that is embedded in all Americans.
The celebration of Constitution Week was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), a group of women who can trace their lineage back to ancestors who fought in the American Revolution. In 1955 the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 for Constitution Week. The resolution was adopted by Congress and signed into public law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on August 2, 1956.
The aim of Constitution Week is to bring to light our responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, educate citizens that the Constitution is the basis of our American way of life, and lastly to encourage the study of historical events, mostly which were brought on by the signing of the great document itself.
For more information, visit the DAR official website: http://www.dar.org/national-society/education/constitution-week.
Additional Resources from the HJF
“What Is a Constitution?”
OAH Magazine of History, Vol. 3, No. 1, The Constitution of the United States (Winter, 1988), pp. 41-51.
Published by: Organization of American Historians
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25162580
The Constitution of the United States by Edward Dumbauld - 342.733 D893
Ratification : the people debate the Constitution, 1787-1788 by Pauline Maier - 342 M281 2011
The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence by Jack N. Rackove