1. Constitution: For Kids!
2. PBS: Learning the Constitution
There are videos and excerpts about rights, equality, the 13th Amendment, 14th Amendment, 19th Amendment, Federalism…lots of good stuff. A good resource for any parent, or interested citizen!
3. The Constitution of the United States: A Transcription
It’s straight, line-by-line read out of what the Constitution says and how our government works. I might be a little old fashioned and nerdy, but this would be perfect to print out and read over a pot of tea with a highlighter. Anyone else do this? …Anyone?
4. The United States Archive: The Actual Documents
You can scrutinize the actual, original documents with a fine tooth comb to your skeptical heart’s delight and get to the bottom of every single word and phrase, and fully understand the purpose and reason for them.
5. 10 Fun Facts About The Constitution
For instance, did you know John Adams and Thomas Jefferson did not sign the Constitution? Was it because they were among the 3 dissenters of the Constitutional Convention?? Was it because they were too busy arguing with each other, that they refused to be in the same room as the other?? Were they both stricken with the raging small pox?? (Spoiler: Jefferson was in France and Adams was in Britain at the time!)
Sometimes, we know things backwards and forwards…and still don’t fully understand them.
Ah, but that’s life.
Understanding birds is one thing, but reading bits and pieces of Bird Watcher’s Digest won’t prepare you for the real life and times of birds in the wild.
Similarly, reading bits and pieces of the Constitution during “U.S. History” in high school won’t prepare you for the ways it impacts our lives as Americans.
Particularly in this day and age, learning about what our government is based on (and how it shapes our rights and freedoms) is paramount to fulfilling our duties as citizens.
I think one of the first presidents, Benjamin Franklin, who said it best:
Franklin was hands down one of the most impactful ambassadors America has ever had…but he was the humorous uncle of the family of Founding Fathers.
Did you know that Benjamin Franklin was not allowed to write the Declaration of Independence, but Jefferson was chosen instead?
Solid facts and critical thinking have always been of the utmost of importance for the foundation of America. Understanding realnews and real facts makes a huge difference in understanding what is happening in our world, and why.
Which is why a quick brush up on the Constitution is pivotal in knowing and understanding the life and times of our great nation!