Constitution 225: Fractions and ratifications

  Today’s post was written by National Archives volunteer Paul Richter. It is part of a series tracing the development of the Constitution in honor of the 225th anniversary of this document on September 17, 2012. On Monday, September 10, 1787, the Constitutional Convention was fixated on fractions. After four months of debate and compromise, … Continue reading Constitution 225: Fractions and ratifications

Constitution 225: Friday Facts

Constitution Day is September 17. Here are 17 Constitution facts to impress your friends and family. (Need more than 17? Our Constitution web page has all you need to know!) SEVENTEEN: The Constitution has 4,543 words, including the signatures. It takes about 30 minutes to read. SIXTEEN: The Constitution was drafted in fewer than 100 … Continue reading Constitution 225: Friday Facts

Constitution 225: There’s a “fifth” page the public has never seen

  Millions of people have passed through the Rotunda of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, to see the original parchments that are our Charters of Freedom. They pause to look at the faded writing on the Declaration of Independence, the bold opening words “We the People” on the Constitution, and the straightforward enumeration … Continue reading Constitution 225: There’s a “fifth” page the public has never seen

Constitution 225: Celebrating our founding document

The Constitution turns 225 on September 17, and the National Archives is ready to celebrate our founding document! Don't miss your chance to see the "fifth page" of the Constitution, on display for the first time. It will be in the Rotunda for public viewing only from September 14 to 17. From now until September … Continue reading Constitution 225: Celebrating our founding document

What Franklin thought of the Constitution

Today's post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. All summer long, a group of men huddled in a stifling hot room in Philadelphia (Madison almost passed out from the heat) to develop the framework for a government that would govern the newly independent states of America. There was … Continue reading What Franklin thought of the Constitution

The documents that built the Constitution

Today's post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/sFAVKJAOWSc?fs=1&hl=en_US Just in time for Constitution Day on September 17, acting Chief of Reference at the National Archives Trevor Plante literally takes viewers inside the National Archives vaults to see some of his favorite rarely-displayed documents including the following: The … Continue reading The documents that built the Constitution