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Constitution Day


The Charters of Freedom
This website, from the National Archives and Records Administration, provides an excellent introduction to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The Constitution: What it says/What it means
A guide to the constitution with a section by section analysis of "what it says" and "what it means." Created by Justice Learning, a collaboration of National Public Radio's "Justice Talking" radio show (produced by the Annenberg Public policy Center) and the New York Times Learning Network.

National Constitution Center
Visit this site to find a wide array of resources, including an interactive constitution, fast facts, basic governing principles, background on the founding fathers, activities for kids, etc.

Primary Documents in American History
The website consists of materials digitized from the historic collections of Library Congress.

Constitution of the United States
The official version of the U.S. Constitution from the Government Printing Office website. Contains analysis and interpretation of the Constitution. See Supplements for annotations of cases decided by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Teaching with Documents
The National Archives and Records Administration provides lesson plans and reproducible copies of documents in order to promote the use of primary documents in the learning environment. Listed below are some of the programs relating to the constitution:

United States Constitution: Text, Commentaries, Historical Texts, and Judicial Decisions

a list of online resources from the Law Library of Congress.

For background information about Constitution Day, see:
Notice of Implementation of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on September 17 of Each Year

"We the People" theme painting and official poster
of the Constitution Sesquicentennial Celebration,
as rendered by Howard Chandler Christy. (National Archives)