“Constitution Day and Citizenship Day commemorate the formation and signing on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution and recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens,” according to the federal law establishing the holiday.
The Constitution of the United States was signed into law on September 17, 1787. At the time, the total population of the United States was approximately 4 million people and the largest city was Philadelphia PA with 40,000 residents, according to ConstitutionFacts.com.
As the supreme law of the land, the Constitution plays an indispensable role in the maintenance of law and order in the United States, and is a model for other constitutional republics around the world.
Every citizen has a responsibility to be a good steward of the Constitution by reading it and having at least a basic understanding of it including its amendments and the amendment process. Toward that end, we publish Constitutional Stewardship: An Introduction. In addition, below are some selected resources.
- National Archives: The Declaration of Independence (Official archive)
- National Archives: The Constitution of the United States (Official archive)
- National Constitution Center in Philadelphia PA (National Park)
- The Constitution Reader (Hillsdale College)
- Bill of Rights Institute (Educational advocacy)
- Constitutional Q&A (National Archives)
- ConstitutionFacts.com (General and educational resources, quizzes, games, etc.)
- Online Course (Free from Hillsdale College)