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Two federally established combined celebrations, Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, and recognize all who have become U.S. citizens, whether by birth in the U.S or by naturalization.
Since 2005 Seattle Pacific University has distributed an essay by Professor Emeritus 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.
2023: The Second Amendment, the NRA, and a One-Armed General
2022: Freeing James Somerset: Start of the Long Journey to the Thirteenth Amendment
2021: Who Owns the Land (and Why)?
2020: The Electoral College: Infection or Vaccine?
2019: The Second Amendment: The Forgotten Clause
2018: Progressives and Prohibition: A Progressive Constitution? (part 2)
2017: A Progressive Constitution? (part 1)
2016: How President Weld Won in 2016: A Fantasy
2015: A Voting Rights March (Through the Constitution)
2014: First Things First: Visualizing the Preamble to the Constitution
2013: Preacher Lincoln's Constitution and the Dependence on the Declaration
2012: Survivor Lincoln's Constitution and His Impeachment Trial
2011: Martyr Lincoln's Constitution and a New Birth of Freedom
2010: Commander-in-Chief Lincoln's Constitution and the Case for Presidential Power
2009: President Lincoln's Constitution and the Case Against Secession
2008: Lawyer Lincoln's Constitution and the Case Against Slavery
2007: 220 and Counting: Fixes and Failings of the Constitution of 1787
Our Self-Correcting Constitution
2005: Federalism: A Constitutional Concept, an American Habit, a Current Debate
The Department of History at SPU prepares you to engage the culture through the study of the past — as a way to understand both the present and the future.
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