Constitution Day

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

While July 4, 1776 is the birthday of our country, September 17th is the birthday of the government of the United States of America.

On this day in 1787, the Constitution was signed by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention.

The Constitutional Convention took place in the Pennsylvania State House, what is now known as Independence Hall.  They met to amend the Articles of Confederation, but soon realized that a completely new approach for a national government organization was necessary.

Ratification was a major problem and didn’t happen until states were promised that a strong bill of rights would also be adopted.    Delaware was the first state to ratify and New Hampshire was the ninth state to ratify, on June 21, 1788.

The story of how the Constitution was drafted and ratified is here.

Celebrate this day by reading the Constitution here.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: