Constitution Day is Sept. 17, commemorating the day in 1787 that 39 delegates signed the U.S. Constitution, sending the document to the states for ratification.To see the full text of the U.S. Constitution in its original form, visit the National Archives.
Visit the Constitution Day website for fun challenges, facts and quizzes!
The library has many books and eBooks about the formation of the U.S. Constitution. Here are some highlights from the collection:
The annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence edited by Jack N. Rakove.Salve Main Collection KF4527 .A56 2009. Also available online.
Harmonizing sentiments: the Declaration of Independence and the Jeffersonian idea of self government by Hans L. Eicholz. Available online.
American scripture: making the Declaration of Independence by Pauline Maie. Salve Main Collection E221 .M24 1997.
Clothed in robes of sovereignty: the Continental Congress and the people out of doors by Benjamin H. Irvin. Salve Main Collection E303 .I79 2011.
The idea of America: reflections on the birth of the United States by Gordon S. Wood. Salve Main Collection E302.1 .W77 2011.
The founding of America (DVD set) by A & E Television Networks. Salve Videos E302.5 .F68 2010 DVD.
Other interesting resources:
The National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center is the first and only nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to the most powerful vision of freedom ever expressed: the U.S. Constitution. The National Constitution Center is the first and only nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to the most powerful vision of freedom ever expressed: the U.S. Constitution.
Bill of Rights Institute
The Institute is a not for profit charity focused on providing educational resources on America’s Founding documents and principles for teachers and students of American History and Civics.
Library of Congress U.S. Constitution Web Guide
This web guide includes primary source documents relating to the founding of the Constitutional Convention, the founding fathers and the signing of the Declaration of Independence, includes teaching aids.