The U.S. Constitution is the fundamental framework of America’s system of government.
The Constitution: Creates a government that puts the power in the hands of the people Separates the powers of government into three branches: the legislative branch, which makes the laws; the executive branch, which executes the laws; and the judicial branch, which interprets the laws Sets up a system of checks and balances that ensures no one branch has too much power Divides power between the states and the federal government Describes the purposes and duties of the government Defines the scope and limit of government power Prescribes the system for electing representatives Establishes the process for the document’s ratification and amendment Outlines many rights and freedoms of the people.
Constitution Day became a national observance in 2004, when Senator Robert Byrd passed a bill designating September 17 as the day for citizens to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution and learn more about our founding document. Senator Byrd once said, “Our ideals of freedom, set forth and realized in our Constitution, are our greatest export to the world.” He added the Constitution Day clause to his 2004 federal spending bill because he believed that all citizens should know about their rights as outlined in the Constitution. This clause mandates the teaching of the Constitution in schools that receive federal funds.
Here are some great online resources to help you learn more about the U.S. Constitution.
And here are some videos and quizzes about the Constitution. Enjoy!