"Scene at the Signing of the Constitution."
By Howard Chandler Christy
Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, is Constitution Day, when Americans have the opportunity to consider the importance of the document that has shaped the development of the United States for over 200 years. The Constitution defines the structure of the legislative, judicial and executive branches of U.S. government, as well as the duties, the limitations of power and interaction of each with the others. The Constitution also defines the rights of individual citizens in the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the document.
SMU encourages everyone within the University community to take time to better understand the principles of the Constitution and the history of its creation. There are a number of excellent on-line resources listed below. Additionally, a copy of the preamble to the Constitution will be on display in the Commons of Hughes Trigg Student Center throughout the day on Monday, Sept. 17.
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