September 17 is Constitution Day

On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution, establishing the United States under a federal system of government.
The U.S. Constitution was the first written constitution in the world and is the oldest one still in existence.
Congress has established September 17 as Constitution Day to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. In honor of the event, the Empire State College Library has gathered some web resources and articles about the Constitution’s history.

Writing the Constitution

Interpreting the Constitution

Reading the Constitution

  • Constitution of the United States (National Archives)
    High-resolution images of the U.S. Constitution, with explanatory notes and transcripts of the Constitution text.
  • Interactive Constitution (National Constitution Center)
    A clause-by-clause explanation of the Constitution, providing access to basic constitutional facts and interpretation, and searchable by key words and Supreme Court cases.

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