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Constitution Day Focuses On The Framework Of Government

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September 17th is Constitution Day, a day set aside to commemorate the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution.

Here are a few fun facts about the amazing document that serves as the framework of our government:

  • The U.S. Constitution is the oldest and shortest written constitution of any national government in the world.
  • There are 4,543 words in the original, unamended Constitution, including the signatures.
  • More than 11,000 amendments have been introduced in Congress, but only 33 have gone to the states to be ratified. Only 27 have actually become amendments to the Constitution.
  • Independence Hall, where the Constitutional Convention took place, is one of 25 National Park Service sites with a connection to the Constitution. The National Park Service’s National Historic Landmarks Program includes an additional 140 sites that reflect one or more areas of constitutional history, including homes of signers of the Constitution and Supreme Court justices, and places associated with the Northwest Ordinance, the Whiskey Rebellion, the doctrine of implied powers, the doctrine of nullification, slavery and reconstruction, civil rights, populism, progressivism and the women's rights movement. The list can be viewed at http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/butowsky3/constitution4.htm.



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