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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Happy U. S. Constitution Day - September 17 is Constitution Day

On Sept. 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed by 39 brave men who changed the course of history.
The Constitution was signed by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention.
Celebrate by reading your Constitution; find a copy on this page:

Need a more basic explanation? 
Try this Constitution for Kids web site:  http://www.usconstitution.net/constkids.html

What happened between the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the signing of the Constitution?  Glad you asked!

The First Contintental Congress was held from September 5 through October 36, 1774.  Thereafter, the Second Contintental Congress convened on May 10, 1775.  A committee of that Congress proposed the Articles of Federation on July 12, 1776.  That Congress adjourned on December 12, 1776. 
The Articles of Confederation were agreed to by Congress November 15, 1777, were signed on July 9, 1778 and ratified and in force by March 1, 1781.