“On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed by thirty-nine brave men who changed the course of history. Now Constitution Day is a time for us to continue their legacy and develop habits of citizenship in a new generation of Americans” (Constitution Center).
This year our Constitution turns 226 years old- how do we celebrate and honor this occasion? Let’s take a quick dive into a history lesson. The Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America that lays out the the framework for the organization of government. It also lays out the relationship of the federal government with the states, citizens, and all the people within the United States. The Constitution was drafted in less than one hundred working days and its original form did not have a Bill of Rights. The very first person to sign the fully drafted Constitution was George Washington, our nation’s President of the time. Today, the Constitution lives in the National Archives Building in Washington D.C.
Ben Franklin, George Washington, James Madison are some of the thirty-nine who signed the document. Curious on which Founding Father you would have been? Take the “Which Founding Father Are You?” quiz and see for yourself! What a fun way to honor this special day in our nation.
Happy Constitution Day DePaul!