Constitution Day is here!
This year, the Constitution turns 227 years old. But what is Constitution Day anyway? Well, Constitution Day is an event observed annually in public schools to commemorate the creation and signing of the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787.
In honor of our Constitution, here are a couple of fun and interesting facts about the Constitution:
Words, Words, and More Words
Did you know that there are 4,543 words in the original Constitution drafted in September 1787? The Constitution was drafted in 1787; was ratified in 1788; and since 1789, has been operating as the United State’s charter of government. This makes the original United States Constitution one of the shortest Constitutions in the world!
The Constitution took only four months to write via the Constitutional Convention and was signed in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. The 39 men who signed the Constitution ranged in age, from 26-year-old Jonathan Dayton of New Jersey to 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin.
According to constitutioncenter.org, over 11,000 amendments (defined as a minor change to a document to the Constitution) have been introduced to Congress. However, the Constitution has only been amended 27 times.
The United States Citizen and Immigration Services publishes 100 civics answers to questions that may be asked at an oral exam during an individual’s naturalization application. There are several questions about Constitutional Amendments, including 1) What do we call the first 10 amendments to the Constitution?; 2) What are the rights and freedoms in the 1st Amendment; and 3) What are the four amendments that discuss voters’ rights?
Racing to the internet to look up the answers? No worries, we’ve got your back. Here are the answers to those questions: 1) Bill of Rights, 2) Freedom of Religion, Press, Speech, Assembly, Petition, 3) 15th Amendment, 19th Amendment, 24th Amendment, and 26th Amendment.
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