Happy Constitution Day!

Constitution Day is September 17 – celebrate with us this week by learning all about it!

On September 17, 1787, delegates to the Philadelphia Convention completed and signed the U.S. Constitution, the oldest written constitution used by any nation in the world. To celebrate the birthday of the U.S. government, Congress passed a law designating September 17th as Constitution Day.  The Constitution and how its law is interpreted affects all students’ lives on a daily basis. Hot issues related to Constitutional law include civil liberties during wartime, web censorship at libraries and other public places, affirmative action, the government’s education policy, abortion, stem cell research, and the government’s right to recruit on campus.

Constitution Resources

Suggested Websites

Explore the resources at the National Constitution Center at http://constitutioncenter.org and learn more through the Interactive Constitution at http://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution

Find more on the American History Subject Guide at Hartness Library https://libguides.hartness.vsc.edu/ccv/americanhistory

Documentaries and Educational Videos

Films on Demand database, accessed on the HartnessLibrary website:

  • The Words that Built America
  • The Almost Painless Guide to U.S. Civics Series
  • The Constitution and Foundations of Government

 eBooks about the Constitution and U.S. History

Find these eBooks online through the Hartness Library’s eBook database collections: https://hartness.vsc.edu/find/ebooks/  > keywords: United States constitution

  • Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence
  • The Writing & Ratification of the U.S. Constitution: Practical Virtue in Action
  • A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments
  • Civil Rights & Liberties: Provocative Questions and Evolving Answers

Historical Issues and Controversial Topics about the Constitution in Hartness Library Databases

  • America: History & Life with Full Text –Historical database that focuses on American history topics, including the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
  • JSTOR -Find peer-reviewed articles about many history and political topics.
  • U.S. History in Context–Includes a section all about the Constitution including academic journals, primary sources, and images.
  • Very Short Introductions- Short eBooks giving background and historical context to a number of topics, including the law, government, and US politics.

Find these databases on the Hartness Library’s homepage: https://hartness.vsc.edu/ by selecting “Search individual databases” and navigating alphabetically. Also use the search box on the homepage to jump right into searching for articles, books, and more.



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