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U.S. Constitution

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is September 17th

Constitution day and Citizenship Day is a holiday dating back to 1940.  Its purpose is to educate people about their duties as a U.S. citizen, and teach how the Constitution is a tool to be utilized, and amended, in a truly democratic society.

Educate yourself and to find resources related to Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to celebrate what it means to be an American citizen. The tabs above will help you explore the following:

Timeline: A succinct summary of the history of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day as well as the Constitution itself. See important amendments to the Constitution and changes to how this holiday has been celebrated.

Presidential Proclamations: The laws authorizing Constitution Day and Citizenship day require the president to make an official proclamation every year. On this page you will find examples from some of America's presidents.

Resources: Here you'll find a collection of websites that you can use to learn about or teach about Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. There are both official and unofficial resources.

Primary Sources: Curious about the Constitution and related documents? See them here! You'll find documents directly involved in the founding of the United States, as well as international documents inspired by them.

U.S. President Calvin Coolidge with four Osage Indians

1924 Indian Citizenship Act: "U.S. President Calvin Coolidge with four Osage Indians
after Coolidge signed the bill granting Indians full citizenship." —Library of Congress

Now think critically. What's wrong with this scenario?