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On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed by thirty-nine brave men who changed the course of history.
Now Constitution Day is a time for us to continue their legacy and develop habits of citizenship in a new generation of Americans.
Create a USM Constitution Day Poster!
Please choose to participate in the USM Constitution Day Poster Contest! Poster board and materials are available in the DePaul Library for students to use. Submission is required by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 16 September in the library and judging of submissions will be on Thursday, 17 September beginning at 11:00 a.m. Submissions will be displayed in the DePaul Library. The first prize submission will be a $50 Visa gift card. Two second prizes will be awarded of $25 each. An individual or team may submit however only one prize will be awarded per submission.
Current Constitutional Issues
Constitutional issues were not just debated at the Constitutional Convention. They are still being interpreted today, whether it be through debates on gun control, freedom of speech, immigration, gay marriage, and tons more. Here are some websites on these issues:
This website gives an overview of Constitutional law and how the Constitution is interpreted and implemented within our society.
United States: The Constitution
The Library of Congress has a list of some helpful resources for constitutional issues.
JURIST: Legal News and Research
The University of Pittsburgh's School of Law has a website on current awareness of topics in legal news.
Delegates to the Constitutional Convention
This site from the National Archives gives brief biographies for each of the delegates to the Continental Convention, as well as a biographical overview of all the delegates.
The full text of the US Constitution, as well as the ability to search the text, explore by topic, and search the text by Supreme Court decisions.
Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline
This website highlights some key dates and events that mark our constitutional history using articles, audio and video clips, images, and interactive content.
Bill of Rights
This website from the National Archives talks about the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.
Annotated Constitution of the United States
This annotated version of the Constitution provides the original text with commentary about the meaning of the original text and how it has changed since 1789. It contains legal analysis and interpretation of the United States Constitution, based primarily on Supreme Court case law. This resource is especially useful when researching the constitutional implications of a specific issue or topic.
A Revolutionary Reading List: The Intellectual Tradition of the U.S. Founding Fathers
Research guide with essay on the literature that influenced the thought of the Founding Fathers, stressing classical literature, Montesquieu, Locke, Hume, and Paine. Includes links to key citations.
This site consists of extracts from the leading works of political theory, history, law, and constitutional argument on which the Framers and their contemporaries drew and which they themselves produced.
Journals of the Continental Congress
This website by the Library of Congress includes the records of the daily proceedings of the Congress.
Day-by-Day Summary of the Convention
This day by day summary of the Constitutional Convention shows when important decisions were made.
Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship
The Smithsonian Institute and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services teamed up for this website, which is a great place to learn all about American History and the Constitution.
Constitution USA from PBS
This series from PBS examines where the Constitution lives, how it works and how it doesn't - how it unites us as a nation and how it has nearly torn us apart.