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September 17 is Constitution Day, marking the date of September 17, 1787 when 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the new constition.
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Constitution Day, September 17, 2013

Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States

Delegates at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 prepare to sign the U.S. Constitution.
credit: "Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States" by artist Howard Chandler Christy


Constitution Day 2013 celebrates the 226 birthday of the United States Constitution on September 17. On that date in 1787, in Philadelphia, 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution. 

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day was established by the U.S. Congress in 2004 and commemorates the signing of the Constitution and recognizes  “all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.”


New Books on the Constitution

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Long Wars and the Constitution - Stephen M. Griffin
Call Number: EBook
Publication Date: 2013

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The Original Compromise - David Robertson
Call Number: JA84.U5 R54 2013
Publication Date: 2013

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The Presidential Leadership Dilemma - Julia R. Azari (Editor); Lara M. Brown (Editor); Zim G. Nwokora (Editor)
Call Number: JK511 .P79 2013
Publication Date: 2013

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First Amendment Institutions - Paul Horwitz
Call Number: Online book
Publication Date: 2013

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Lincoln and the Constitution - Brian R. Dirck
Call Number: E457.2 .D574 2012
Publication Date: 2012

Constitution Resources and Documents

Featured CQ Research Issue

Selected Books and Documents

Using Library Resources

Use the Harvest Catalog to find books about the Constitution.  Suggested sample subject headings:

United States Constitution

Constitution History

Constitutional Amendments United States

United States Constitution 2nd Amendment

Selected Article Databases:

  • Academic Search Complete  Icon
    A multidisciplinary database with many full text articles and citations for even more.
  • PAIS  Icon
    Includes all types of materials in public affairs and policy - journal articles, books and book chapters, reports, government documents, etc.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts  Icon
    Index and abstracts for peer-reviewed and scholarly journal articles relating to political science.
  • CQ Electronic Library  Icon
    U.S. congressional reference resources.


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