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Why Constitution Day is important

The Constitution inspired others

192

Number of countries that have constitutions based on the U.S. Constitution

It provides our most important rights

10

Number of amendments in the Bill of Rights, which was the basis of American liberty

The people can change it

27

Number of times the U.S. Constitution has been amended throughout history

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Read the Constitution

The Constitution acted like a colossal merger, uniting a group of states with different interests, laws, and cultures. Under America’s first national government, the Articles of Confederation, the states acted together only for specific purposes. The Constitution united its citizens as members of a whole, vesting the power of the union in the people. Without it, the American Experiment might have ended as quickly as it had begun.

Constitution Day resources

The National Constitution Center has lots of different ways to explore and learn about the Constitution, from podcasts to videos to games. Their nonpartisan interactive site has allowed learners of all ages to engage with the text of the Constitution, discover how experts agree and disagree about its history and meaning, and explore arguments on all sides of the constitutional debates at the center of American life.

Test your knowledge

Take these quizzes to see how much you really know about the Constitution, and relax afterwards with everyone’s favorite Schoolhouse Rock jam.