Countdown to the Constitution – Final Details

September 16th, 2011 by

Philadelphia, September 10 – 15, 1787 As the weather finally cools a bit and the Convention enters what will be the final week of deliberations, the main topics of discussion are the amendment process and the ratification process.  On Monday, September 10, Elbridge Gerry raises a concern about the amendment process—he fears that the new Read more…

Ways to Celebrate Constitution Day

September 12th, 2011 by

Constitution Day is September 17th! This day is set aside to remember the signing of the Constitution after the Constitutional Convention 224 years ago – here are some fun ways that you can celebrate! Test your knowledge of the Constitution – take our 15-question quiz covering the Constitution, landmark Supreme Court cases, people, and important Read more…

Countdown to the Constitution – Brearly Committee – Executive Branch

September 9th, 2011 by

It has become evident to the delegates that they cannot make the decisions about the executive independent of a conversation that discusses the executive’s election, term, powers, and removal in a holistic way. Thus the Brearly Committee is tasked with such a conversation. The result – Article II of the Constitution. Read on for some Read more…

New Video – Representative Government

September 8th, 2011 by

New Video for Constitution Day! Representative Government You’ve told us that students often confuse republics and democracies. Do your students understand the key differences? We created a short, engaging video for Constitution Day on the constitutional principle of representative government. Exciting visuals from current events, an engaging historical narrative, brief scholar interviews, familiar music, and Read more…

Countdown to the Constitution – Brearly Committee – Powers of Congress

September 7th, 2011 by

Philadelphia – As September began, the Convention had made remarkable progress toward drafting a new Constitution, but many questions had been left for later. The delegates agreed “to refer such parts of the Constitution as have been postponed, and such parts of Reports as have not been acted on, to a Committee of a member Read more…