You probably don’t know this, but each year, from September 17th through the 23rd is Constitution Week. During that week the Nation honors its foundation document, the Constitution of the United States of America.
Constitution Week was first proposed by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in 1955, was adopted by resolution in the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Eisenhower on August 2, 1956.
As with the Declaration of Independents, the United States Constitution is not completely understood by many citizens. Some think that it’s just about their rights; but it’s much more. The United States Constitution defines how a government, “of the people, by the people and for the people,” works. Yet this remarkable defining document, an owner’s manual so to speak, originally consisted of only 7 articles, written on just four pages.
What most Americans believe as the Constitution is actually its first ten amendments, also known as, “The “Bill of Rights.” And actually, these amendments weren’t ratified until almost a year after the main document.
Over all, as a historian, the history of the United States Constitution is extremely fascinating, and with these three posts I tell how this document came about, and what the reasons were to make amendments to it so quickly.