Constitution Day

Welcome to the UCA Department of Political Science “Constitution Day” homepage!

On September 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was adopted by delegates to the Constitutional Convention meeting at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  After  being ratified by nine of the original thirteen states, the U.S. Constitution replaced the first “constitution” of the U.S. – the Articles of Confederation – on June 21, 1788.  The U.S. Constitution provides the basic framework for our national government, including the basic principles of federalism, checks and balances, and separation of powers.  Articles 1 through 3 of the U.S. Constitution establish the three branches of the U.S. federal government (legislative, executive, and judicial).  The “Bill of Rights”, which includes freedom of speech and other essential civil liberties enjoyed by all American citizens, is the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

 

“Constitution Day” Commemoration Events at UCA, September 17-20, 2018

Public Recitation of the Constitution of the United States of America
Monday, September 17th, 6:00pm
Hughes Residential Hall, Lobby
Students, faculty, staff, and guests are invited to attend!

“Constitution Day” Presentation by Mr. Jeremy Gillam, former Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives and UCA Director of Governmental Affairs & External Relations
Thursday, September 20th, 1:40pm-2:30pm
Irby Hall, Room #215
Students, faculty, staff, and guests are invited to attend!

For more information, please contact Dr, Clay Arnold, UCA Department of Political Science, carnold@uca.edu or 501-450-3412.

 

Important Links:

National Archives – Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights

National Endowment for the Humanities – Constitution Day

Findlaw.Com – Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

Library of Congress – Federalist Papers

U.S. House of Representative

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

White House