Join the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement for a Constitution Day picnic, which will include snacks and games, reflection questions, and a voter registration drive.
- Who did the phrase “We the People of the United States” refer to when it was written in 1787? What did the preamble to the Constitution promise to those people?
- What are the benefits and responsibilities of citizenship in a country? How did America’s leaders justify excluding women, African Americans, and Native Americans from the benefits of citizenship?
- What options are available to individuals when their nation does not live up to its ideals?
- What is a democracy? How is it different from other forms of government? How should a democratic society define its universe of obligation?
About Constitution Day
Constitution Day recognizes the signing of the Constitution of the United States.
“In Philadelphia on May 14, 1787, the Federal Convention convened to revise the Articles of Confederation. But through discussion and debate it became clear that rather than amend the existing Articles, the Convention would draft an entirely new frame of government. All through the summer, in closed sessions, the delegates debated, and redrafted the articles of the new Constitution. Among the chief points at issue were how much power to allow the central government, how many representatives in Congress to allow each state, and how these representatives should be elected.
On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. September 17th is designated as Constitution Day to commemorate the signing.” – National Archives