United States Constitution
Constitucion de los Estados Unidos (National Archives)
Charters of Freedom: Constitution of the United States (National Archives) View images of the original document and read about the times in which the Constitution was signed. "Questions and Answers" provides details of the Constitutional Convention, writing and ratification, etc.
Interactive Constitution The National Constitution Center, a non-profit organization based in Philadelphia, provides this website that allows keyword searching of the Constitution with discussion of the text, exploration by topic with as "checks and balances," and "due process," and Supreme Court cases that have interpreted the Constitution.
The Establishment of Constitution Day
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day was established in Division J of Public Law 108-447, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005:
SEC. 111. (a) The head of each Federal agency or department shall-
(1) provide each new employee of the agency or department with educational and training materials concerning the United States Constitution as part of the orientation materials provided to the new employee; and
(2) provide educational and training materials concerning the United States Constitution to each employee of the agency or department on September 17 of each year.
(b) Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.
The Education Department issued a "Notice of Implementation of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on September 17 of Each Year," 70 Fed. Reg. 29727 (May 24, 2005), which applies to educational institutions receiving federal funding from the Department of Education.
For more about the creation of this commemorative day see the Law Library of Congress' page, "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day."
Constitution Day 2013
Constitution Day 2013 is on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013.
Activities and observances at Washington State University will be announced in August/September 2013.
Books, videos, and other resources about the U.S. Constitution, Amendments, Bill of Rights, constitutional law, and related topics can be checked out from the WSU Libraries. Click on the 'Books and Videos' link above to get some ideas, or search WSU WorldCat or Griffin, the online catalogs.
Primary Documents in American History: the Constitution (Library of Congress) The American Memory History Collection includes the full-text of documents providing background on the framing and writing of the Constitution such as Elliot's Debates, Farrand's Records, and Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789.
A more perfect union. CNN, 1987. Videos 1-8. A video series on the U.S. Constitution. WSU Media Materials & Reserves
The Founder's Constitution (University of Chicago Press) An anthology of writings "of a wide array of people engaged in the problem of making popular government safe, steady, and accountable." This site makes accessible the 5-vol. work by broad themes, by article, section, and clause of the Constitution, and by keyword.
"Creating the United States Constitution" An online exhibit by the Library of Congress
Primary Documents in American History--U.S. Constitution Also from the Library of Congress
United States Constitution; Texts, Commentaries, Historical Texts and Judicial Decisions Resources compiled by the Law Library of Congress
Teaching Materials for Constitution Day
Teaching with Documents: Observing Constitution Day Curriculum ideas from the National Archives
Constitution Day (U.S. Courts)
Constitution Day Resources Thomas (Library of Congress)