Constitution Day - September 17
On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history, the U.S. Constitution.
Written in 1787, ratified in 1788, and in operation since 1789, the United States Constitution is the world’s longest surviving written charter of government. Its first three words – “We The People” – affirm that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens. The supremacy of the people through their elected representatives is recognized in Article I, which creates a Congress consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives. The positioning of Congress at the beginning of the Constitution affirms its status as the “First Branch” of the federal government.
For over two centuries the Constitution has remained in force because its framers successfully separated and balanced governmental powers to safeguard the interests of majority rule and minority rights, of liberty and equality, and of the federal and state governments. More a concise statement of national principles than a detailed plan of governmental operation, the Constitution has evolved to meet the changing needs of a modern society profoundly different from the eighteenth-century world in which its creators lived. To date, the Constitution has been amended 27 times, most recently in 1992. The first ten amendments constitute the Bill of Rights.
LWVDE: We the People Constitution Videos
The League of Women Voters of Delaware (LWVDE), under the leadership of the late Carol Jones, presents We're the WE in "We the People" - a quick Civics course on government for those who never had one, and a brush-up for those who have taken a civics course but need to be reminded what they learned.