Happy National Constitution Day!

What do you know about the U.S. Constitution?

By Wendy H. Meyer

In honor of National Constitution Day and the ACLU’s centennial year, we’re rolling out a list of fun facts about the mighty document that governs our nation. We recommend that you store some of these factoids in your back pocket because on February 29, 2020, we’ll be holding our Centennial Celebration in Philadelphia, and Constitutional Quizzo will allow guests to walk away with some special prizes.

The Constitution’s Birthday

On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed by the delegates* to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, replacing the Articles of Confederation. The Constitution established our national government and fundamental laws and guaranteed certain basic rights for people in the United States (including non-citizens on U.S. soil). The document was ratified on June 21, 1788, and by 1791, the first 10 Amendments, known collectively as the Bill of Rights, had been added; to date, it has been amended a total of 27 times. For more than two centuries, it has remained the supreme law of our nation.

Fun Facts:

*Of the 42 delegates who attended most of the Constitutional Convention, 39 signed — three refused because it did not include a bill of rights.

We are the ACLU’s Pennsylvania affiliate, defending the Constitution and the Bill of Rights through litigation, advocacy, and community education and outreach.

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