Constitution Day September 17th
What is it? <ul><li>The Constitution of the United States comprises the primary law of the U.S. Federal Government.  </li>...
 
Important Dates <ul><li>May 25, 1787 The Constitutional Convention opens with a quorum of seven states in Philadelphia to ...
Interesting Dates Continued <ul><li>June 21, 1788 The Constitution becomes effective for the ratifying states when new Ham...
<ul><li>Q. Where and when did the deputies to the Constitutional Convention assemble? A. In Philadelphia, in the State Hou...
More Interesting Facts <ul><li>Q. Who was called the &quot;Sage of the Constitutional Convention&quot;? A. Benjamin Frankl...
An even more Interesting Facts <ul><li>Q. Where, in the Constitution, is there mention of education? A. There is none; edu...
For more information on the  Constitution   go to:   <ul><li>http://www.gpoaccess.gov/constitution/   </li></ul><ul><li>ht...
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Constitution Day

  1. 1. Constitution Day September 17th
  2. 2. What is it? <ul><li>The Constitution of the United States comprises the primary law of the U.S. Federal Government. </li></ul><ul><li>It describes the three chief branches of the Federal Government and their jurisdictions. </li></ul><ul><li>It lays out the basic rights of citizens of the United States. </li></ul><ul><li>It is the oldest Federal constitution in existence and was framed by a convention of delegates from twelve of the thirteen original states in Philadelphia in May 1787, Rhode Island failing to send a delegate. </li></ul><ul><li>The Constitution is the landmark legal document of the United States. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Important Dates <ul><li>May 25, 1787 The Constitutional Convention opens with a quorum of seven states in Philadelphia to discuss revising the Articles of Confederation. Eventually, all states but Rhode Island are represented. </li></ul><ul><li>September 17, 1787 All 12 state delegations approve the Constitution, 39 delegates sign it of the 42 present, and the Convention formally adjourns. </li></ul><ul><li>December 7, 1787 Delaware is the first state to ratify the Constitution. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Interesting Dates Continued <ul><li>June 21, 1788 The Constitution becomes effective for the ratifying states when new Hampshire is the ninth state to ratify it. </li></ul><ul><li>September 25, 1789 Congress approves 12 amendments and sends them to the states for ratification. </li></ul><ul><li>May 29, 1790 Rhode Island is the last state to ratify the Constitution. </li></ul><ul><li>December 15, 1791 Virginia ratifies the Bill of Rights, and 10 of the 12 proposed amendments become part of the U.S. Constitution. </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Q. Where and when did the deputies to the Constitutional Convention assemble? A. In Philadelphia, in the State House where the Declaration of Independence was signed. The meeting was called for May 14, 1787, but a quorum was not present until May 25. </li></ul><ul><li>Q. What was the average age of the deputies to the Constitutional Convention? A. About 44. </li></ul><ul><li>Q. Who were the oldest and youngest members of the Constitutional Convention? A. Benjamin Franklin, of Pennsylvania, then 81; and Jonathan Dayton, of New Jersey, 26. </li></ul>Interesting Facts
  6. 7. More Interesting Facts <ul><li>Q. Who was called the &quot;Sage of the Constitutional Convention&quot;? A. Benjamin Franklin, of Pennsylvania. </li></ul><ul><li>Q. Who was called the &quot;Father of the Constitution&quot;? A. James Madison, of Virginia, because in point of erudition and actual contributions to the formation of the Constitution he was preeminent. </li></ul><ul><li>Q. How long did it take to frame the Constitution? A. It was drafted in fewer than one hundred working days. </li></ul><ul><li>Q. In ratifying the Constitution, did the people vote directly? A. No. Ratification was by special State conventions (Art. VII). </li></ul>
  7. 8. An even more Interesting Facts <ul><li>Q. Where, in the Constitution, is there mention of education? A. There is none; education is a matter reserved for the States. </li></ul><ul><li>Q. How extensively has the Constitution been copied? A. All later Constitutions show its influence; it has been copied extensively throughout the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Q. It takes how many States to block an amendment? A. Thirteen, without respect to population or importance; but while approval is considered final, rejection is not while within the time limit, if one is prescribed by the amendment. </li></ul>
  8. 9. For more information on the Constitution go to: <ul><li>http://www.gpoaccess.gov/constitution/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.archives.gov/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.constitutionfacts.com/ </li></ul>

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