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Constitution Day: September 17

Prepared by UP Library to commemorate Constitution Day

Constitution Day Background

"The members of the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Constitutional Convention convened in response to dissatisfaction with the Articles of Confederation and the need for a strong centralized government. After four months of secret debate and many compromises, the proposed Constitution was submitted to the states for approval. Although the vote was close in some states, the Constitution was eventually ratified and the new Federal government came into existence in 1789. The Constitution established the U.S. government as it exists today."

-- United States Constitution: Primary Documents In American History - Library of Congress

Multimedia Resources

In 2004, the U.S. Congress established September 17 as Constitution Day, to commemorate and celebrate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

One provision of the new law was that colleges and universities around the country should offer educational resources to better understand the Constitution as a founding document of the U.S. political and social order.

Primary Sources on the Web

Secondary Sources on the Web

Articles on the Constitution

Understanding Democracy

Research Tools from the Library