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Constitution Day 2014: Words of Liberty: For Younger Readers

Constitution Day is September 17

Owner's Manual

See this work listed in the Bibliography (Resources tab):

"Senator Robert C. Byrd’s Constitution Day Address, September 16, 2005"

Did You Know?

...there was once a time when children could be expelled from school if they didn't salute the flag?

Speech / Religion

Several schools had this rule in the 1930s. Among the children expelled were many who belonged to the religious group Jehovah's Witness. In 1940 the Supreme Court upheld the schools rights to do this (Minersville School District v. Gobitis, 1940).

The Supreme Court reversed its rule in 1943 (West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 1943).


For more information, see these works listed in the Bibliography (Resources tab):

The Words We Live By by Linda R. Monk, p. 134-135.

The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!: Pageantry and Patriotism in Cold-War America by Richard M. Fried, p. xv.

How the Government Works

Constitution Doge

Key to Doge

much birthday -- September 17 is the birthday of the Constitution

wow -- What a wonderful document they produced

many freedoms -- Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Amendment I

more perfect union -- We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union... Preamble

such representation -- All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives. Article I 

-- The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States… Article I

-- The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof… Article I

-- The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof… Amendment XVII

much liberty -- We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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. Preamble

 

Doge -- Internet meme. http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/doge

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Rebecca Knight
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Reference and Instructional Services Department
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Subjects: U.S. Government Information,
Delaware, census, family studies, RefWorks, APA style, and genealogy.


Education:
B.A., History. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1973.
M.S., Library Science. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1981.