In an effort to encourage all Americans to learn more about the Constitution, in 1956 Congress established Constitution Week to begin each year on September 17, the date in 1787 when the framers signed the Constitution. In 2004, Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia included key provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2005 designating September 17 of each year as Constitution Day and requiring public and private schools and governmental offices to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.
Did You Know?
The U.S. Constitution has 4,400 words. It is the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world.
When it came time for the states to ratify the Constitution, the lack of any bill of rights was the primary sticking point.
Come to the library during the month of September for your FREE pocket Constitution book, check out the display of books and DVDs about the Constitution, or go online to learn:
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Antonios A. Papathanasiou
Dean of Students