Celebrate Constitution Day

September 30th, 2014

Celebrate Constitution Day is a month-long celebration of the U.S. Constitution. A pre-recorded discussion examines the impact of today’s high-speed communications and instantaneous news on constitutional principles such as “separation of powers” and “federalism.” Presidential historian Michael Beschloss moderates the discussion. Participants include House Majority Whip Roy Blunt and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer.


Constitution Day: 9 Ways for Kids to Learn About Our Nation’s History

September 8th, 2014

This feature was written by guest author Stephanie Greenhut, education technology specialist, National Archives, and co-author Kate Devine, public affairs specialist, U.S. Department of Education. September 17 is designated as Constitution Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. The Federal Convention had first convened in May to […]

The Federalist Papers

September 30th, 2014

The Federalist Papers offers the 85 essays urging New Yorkers to ratify the proposed Constitution. First published in New York City newspapers (1787-1788), the essays explained how the new government would work and why it was right for the U.S. Written by Hamilton, Madison, and Jay, the essays are often used today to help interpret […]

Flag day image from the Library of Congress

Flag Week: 8 Ways Kids Can Learn More About Our Nation’s History and Government

June 4th, 2014

On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress, which consisted of representatives of the colonies, passed a resolution approving the design of a national flag:  Resolved, that the Flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new […]

Attorneys after the decision

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas: Helping Kids Understand Diversity and Equality

May 16th, 2014

In the 1950s, parents brought a class action suit against the Topeka, Kansas, school board claiming denial of access to Topeka’s white schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution. When the federal district courts dismissed the case, Oliver Brown, parent of one of the children, appealed to the Supreme Court. On May 17, 1954, […]