All hail the late Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia for giving us this great day to celebrate the Constitution. The great orator of American lore enables us to consider the greatness of the Constitution a little bit more.
In honor of this illustrious day, I give you some resources.
Constitution Day Hall Pass
I love the Constitution Center up in Philadelphia, and have taken a few batches of students up there to meander the fantastic interactive exhibits. My teammate and I are also trying to schedule a "field trip" that comes to us... (please PTA)...
But even more fun is the new Constitution Day resource offered by the Center, Constitution Hall Pass
Here, in a video as well as a guided discussion, the Bill of Rights (written almost exclusively by James Madison) is discussed, along with the truly revolutionary 14th Amendment and the Supreme Court case J.S. v Blue Mountain.
The Center gives lots of insight, along with materials for use in the classroom.
A lovely introduction to the evolution of the Constitution.
This came my way today... a great resource that not only allows you to view Constitutions of the world, but to compare what they say on different key issues, like government construction, legislature, principals, rights and responsibilities, and other super fun constitutional stuff.
I found something to be thankful for from the Heritage Foundation.
I have been scouring the planet for all things academic on the Constitution that can help my own discourse, and this is pretty great. I like the academic essays and how they examine each clause of the Constitution with legislation, executive action, and judicial precedent. In a few incidents I have had to include anecdotes not covered, but it's all good.
Photo via Flickr/Ted Eytan