September 17th is Constitution Day. America celebrates this day to commemorate when delegates came together in Philadelphia at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and signed the U.S. Constitution into law. However, it wasn’t until 2004 that the holiday took on the full name it bears today. In 2004, Senator Robert Byrd passed an amendment renaming the holiday “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” which requires public schools and institutions to provide information on the history of the country’s Constitution.
The Constitution is often called a living document since it can be amended through a governmental process. The process for amending the Constitution can be found in the Constitution itself. And it can often take time to add an amendment, a process the founders developed as an attempt to ensure the power remained with the people.
The U.S. Government Bookstore offers a number of Federal titles describing the contents of the Constitution and associated documents. Here are but a few:
Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence (Pocket Edition) A pocket-size booklet containing the complete text of these two core documents of American democracy, the Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence. House Document 112-129. 25th edition. Use this easy to read way to stay connected with the principles that have made America a bastion of democracy throughout its history.
Civics and Citizenship Toolkit The Toolkit contains immigration and civics publications, handbooks, and a quick start guide with ideas for use. It is designed for new and experienced organizations and may be used to:
- Provide basic information to the immigrant community;
- Develop content for classes;
- Train staff and volunteers
The GPO Online Bookstore – Easy Access to Federal Publications
HOW DO I OBTAIN THESE RESOURCES?
Shop Online Anytime: You can buy eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at https://bookstore.gpo.gov.
- Click here to purchase Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence (Pocket Edition)
- Click here to purchase Civics and Citizenship Toolkit
- Click here to purchase Civics Flash Cards for the Naturalization Test
- Click here to purchase The Citizen’s Almanac: Fundamental Documents, Symbols, and Anthems of the United States
- Click here to browse our Citizenship & Civics collection
Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.
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Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.
Find more than a million official Federal Government publications from all three branches at www.govinfo.gov.
About the author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication and Information Sales program office.