September 17th is designated as “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.” This Day is dedicated to “commemorat[ing] the formation and signing on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution and recogniz[ing] all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.” (36 U.S.C. 106)
Pepperdine University Libraries celebrates Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by providing students, faculty, and staff with resources — both scholarly and fun — to learn more about the Constitution and the rights and responsibilities people have as citizens of the United States.
The National Archives offers an interesting online display of the “Charters of Freedom” including high-resolution and downloadable images of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Articles of Confederation, our first constitution, is also available to read and view on the National Archives’ site.
Pepperdine University Libraries has a rich variety of sources for you to explore.
- To help you learn more about the Constitution and related topics, we’ve created a list of just a few of the many library resources owned by Pepperdine University Libraries and findable through WorldCat Local
- You can read the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers as they were originally published by searching the database, Early American Newspapers, Series I
- For journal articles and law review articles about the Constitution, try searching Academic Search Elite, LexisNexis Academic, Research Library, and JSTOR.
- Ask a Librarian! We can help you search for and find great resources.
Pepperdine School of Public Policy Professor Gordon Lloyd has put together an amazing set of resources about the Constitutional Convention. In addition to historical and biographical information about the Constitutional Convention and Framers, Professor Lloyd has also created a number of interactive features, such as a Map of Historic Philadelphia in the Late 18th Century and a Convention Attendance Record. Be sure to check out the Menu and Bill for the Entertainment of George Washington City Tavern, Philadelphia, September 1787, as well as Professor Lloyd’s reflections for an interesting peek at one of the final dinners of the Constitutional Convention.
Pepperdine University on iTunes U has a number of videos you will find fascinating:
- Constitution Day Forum (2006) featuring Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito hosted by the Pepperdine University School of Law
- A Conversation with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia hosted by the Pepperdine University School of Law
- Pepperdine Professor Edward Larson’s talk “George Washington and the Great Experiment” hosted by Pepperdine University Libraries
- Black History Month Lectures (topics include American Slavery in a Global Perspective, the Civil Rights Movement, Jim Crow, and the Significance of Barack Obama’s election) hosted by Pepperdine University Libraries
And Just for Fun!
Which Founder Are You Quiz? The National Constitution Center [I’m George Mason – who are you?]