Constitution Day: Essay Archive


Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is observed each year on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, and “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.”

Since 2005, Seattle Pacific University has distributed an essay by Professor of History William Woodward about the Constitution and related topics. Read the essays below, and for more information about the U.S. Constitution and about Constitution Day, visit the National Constitution Center.



Survivor Lincoln's Constitution and His Impeachment Trial


Martyr Lincoln's Constitution and a New Birth of Freedom



Commander-in-Chief Lincoln's Constitution and the Case for Presidential Power



President Lincoln's Constitution and the Case Against Secession



Lawyer Lincoln's Constitution and the Case Against Slavery



220 and Counting: Fixings and Failings of the Constitution of 1787



Our Self-Correcting Constitution



Federalism: A Constitutional Concept, an American Habit, a Current Debate


Professor of History William WoodwardProfessor of History William Woodward joined the Seattle Pacific University faculty in 1974. He specializes in the history of the Pacific Northwest, especially military history, as well as 19th century American culture. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, Dr. Woodward also gives public lectures on history and is a consultant to school districts and historical societies.