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On Sept. 17, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the U.S. Constitution, a written charter for a new federal government. The delegates convened in Philadelphia to develop a framework that would provide balance and freedom, taking into account federal and state interests, as well as individual human rights. Once signed, the Constitution required ratification from at least nine of the 13 states to take effect. On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify, and the Constitution became the law of the land.

In 2005 Congress designated September 17 as a day "to hold educational programs for students" on the Constitution. Authorizing legislation states that all educational institutions and federal agencies receiving federal funds will hold educational programs about the Constitution on September 17-Constitution Day.

The ISBA Center for Law & Civic Education encourages ISBA members to visit classrooms around the State of Iowa in observance of Constitution Day and provides materials to members to make their presentation more interactive with students and begin the conversation about the importance of the Constitution in our lives.

2015 Constitution Day: Citizenship and the Constitution

Constitution Day Message from ABA President Paulette Brown
ABA Division for Public Education
Interactive Constitution
National Archives - Teach the Constitution Using Primary Source Documents
Constitution Sources Project - Library of Constitutional History
Take the Naturalization Test for New Citizens

Know Your Constitution Program

We the People: The Citizens and the Constitution

National Constitution Center
Civics Renewal Network
Learn the Preamble
iCivics - Games and Activities

Constitution IQ Quizzes and Fun Facts
Constitution App
Pocket Guide to the U.S. Constitution

25 Great Lesson Plans For Constitution Day
Constitution Text


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