South Georgia State College Celebrates 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 defense, 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."

What is Constitution Day?

Constitution Day  is a U.S. federal government observance that honors the creation and adoption of the United States Constitution and all persons who have become U.S. citizens, through birth or naturalization. It is usually observed on September 17, the day in 1787 that the Constitution was signed by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Independence Hall. 

Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year is required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution for its students. Constitution Day at South Georgia State College  strives to educate students about the Constitution and citizenship both historically and as they apply in today’s world.

Podcast on Constitution Day

The Constitution in Context - A Podcast

This podcast is a presentation of Dr. Rick Reiman, Professor of History. The title, “The Constitution in Context” refers to the fact that the Constitution is a living document that rises or falls on its success in meeting challenges completely unanticipated by its framers. One of the most challenging times for the Constitution was the period of the 1790s, the first decade of our national life under the Constitution. The podcast looks at how two political parties emerged, neither considering the other legitimate, and clashing in their respective interpretations of the meaning of the Constitution. The fact that the framers included not a single word about parties in the Constitution and regarded them as a baneful influence further ratcheted up the tension and danger of this party conflict to the survival of the Republic. The nation passed the test–then. But the Constitution will forever remain challenged, tested by the changing conflicts of each generation of Americans.

Constitution Virtual Viewing Day Video

What does the Constitution mean to you as a student - Video

Learn more about the Constitution by following the links below.

National Constitution Center - ConstitutionCenter.org

America's Founding Documents - The National Archives

The Constitution - Library of Congress

Interactive Constitution - Explore the full text of the Constitution