What is Constitution Week? Most importantly, do we get a day off from school? The answer, unfortunately, is no. But seriously, you should know something about Constitution Week and how it came to be.
Constitution Week ranges from September 17th and 23rd and it is a time where we as Americans celebrate the adoption of the United States Constitution. Why September 17 you say? Good question! Well, as history has it, the U.S. Constitution was signed on September 17th of, you guessed it, 1787. Fifty-five delegates gathered in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall to create a positive change that still continues to affect us now 200 years later.
Most importantly, what the Constitution contains is something call the Bill of Rights. Ring any bells yet? The Bill of Rights, after years of modifications, protects us not only from our government but also from each other through the form of amendments. A few you might remember include the freedom to practice your religion without interference from our government, the freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, and protection from unreasonable search and seizures.
It is truly amazing how a document written two centuries ago can still continue to protect us now. So no, we don’t get a day off from school, but what we do get instead is far more valuable. Don’t you think?
To learn more about Constitution Week, check out these resources:
Rakove, Jack N., and States United. The Annotated U.S. Constitution And Declaration Of Independence. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2009. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 17 Sept. 2015.
Sandefur, Timothy. The Conscience Of The Constitution : The Declaration Of Independence And The Right To Liberty. Washington, D.C.: Cato Institute, 2014. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 17 Sept. 2015.
Tsai, Robert L. America's Forgotten Constitutions : Defiant Visions Of Power And Community. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2014. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 17 Sept. 2015.
MAZURAK, Zbigniew. "The Constitutional Limits On The Federal Government According To The Constitution's Framers." Politeja 32.(2014): 183-201. Political Science Complete. Web. 17 Sept. 2015.
GIENAPP, JONATHAN. "Making Constitutional Meaning." Journal Of The Early Republic 35.3 (2015): 375-418. Academic Search Premier. Web. 17 Sept. 2015.