Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Commemorate Constitution Day!

September 17 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, to "commemorate the formation and signing on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution and recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens" (36 USC 106).

Because UW is not in session in mid-September, our public commemoration, a complete reading of the Constitution will be held on October 2, 2014, outside the Suzzallo Library 3rd floor Reading Room. You can find more information about the reading and sign up to be a reader here. It's fun, it's moving, it's quietly dramatic. Definitely worth a lunch hour!

If you are interested in something really big in the meantime, take a look at The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation. This massive 2,789 page volume includes an analysis of cases decided by the Supreme Court to June 28, 2012. The digital version on GPO'sFDsys includes cases decided through July 1, 2014.

For more information on the Constitution and its commemorative day, see:
  • Library of Congress American Memory's Today in History for September 17.
  • Law Library of Congress Constitution Day and Citizenship Day guide.
  • Gallagher Law Library guide to the U.S. Constitution & Related Sources.
And for a bit of fun, test your knowledge and take a short Constitution quiz or find out 'which founding father are you?'

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