Constitution Day and Citizenship Day 2009

Constitution Day recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution and is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. The Library of Congress’ Thomas website has a page on Constitution Day Resources that includes links to its American Memory Collections, Books and a Webcast called The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution by Linda R. Monk.

Linda Holmes, Associate Librarian at the Brooklyn Law School Library has specific Constitution Day materials in the display case in the first floor elevator lobby area.

The BLS Library has recently added to its collection a new title Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution by Richard Beeman (Call # KF4510 .B44 2009). Chapters include: The Constitutional Convention of 1787: a chronology — The crisis — The indispensable men of the Convention — “We the people” or “We the states”? Creating the American Congress — Imagining the American presidency — Compromise: large states, small states, slave states, and free states — Beyond the Connecticut Compromise — “The people are the King” — Sep 17: Day of decision — The People’s Constitution: “Federalists” seize the initiative — U. S. Constitution (Sep 17, 1787).