Celebrate Constitution Day on Sept. 17th


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.

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:

And Just for Fun!

SchoolHouse Rocks! Preamble to the Constitution

Which Founder Are You Quiz? The National Constitution Center  [I’m George Mason – who are you?]

Stearns, Junius Brutus. Washington as a Statesman. 1856. Oil on Canvas.


Celebrate Constitution Day on Sept. 17th