Saturday, September 15, 2012

Happy 225th Birthday Constitution!

The U.S. Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787, by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and ratified by conventions in eleven states.  It went into effect on March 4, 1789.  Read the Constitution here.

Come in the library and see the 2nd floor book display celebrating Constitution Week, September 17-24.   Constitution Week was initiated by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1955.  The Daughters of the American Revolution is a patriotic organization that encourages education and historic preservation in communities across America.  The Santa Clara Chapter of DAR participated in preparing this book display.

Read A More Perfect Union: The Creation of the U.S. Constitution here.  Read Questions & Answers Pertaining to the U.S. Constitution here.

Try these books:

Summer of 1787 by David O. Stewart 342.02 S84
The successful creation of the Constitution is a suspense story. The Summer of 1787 takes us into the sweltering room in which delegates struggled for four months to produce the flawed but enduring document that would define the nation -- then and now.

Plain, Honest Men by Richard Beeman 342.029 B41
From distinguished historian Richard Beeman comes a dramatic and engrossing account of the men who met in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787 to design a radically new form of government. Beeman takes readers behind the scenes and beyond the debate to show how the world's most enduring constitution was forged through conflict, compromise, and, eventually, fragile consensus during a time when many Americans feared that a combination of financial distress and civil unrest would doom the young nation's experiment in liberty

America's Constitution a biography by Akhil Reed Amar 342.029 A48
In America's Constitution, one of this era's most accomplished constitutional-law scholars, Akhil Reed Amar, gives a panoramic account of one of the world's great political texts. Incisive, entertaining, and occasionally controversial, this "biography" of America's framing document explains not only what the Constitution says but also why the Constitution says it.

posted by mb