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Constitution Day

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September 17 has been set aside by Congress for all education institutions to provide education programs and information about the U.S. Constitution, which was signed on September 17, 1787. This year Constitution Day is officially observed on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. Learn about the U.S. Constitution at Davenport University's Constitution Day website!

The U.S. Constitution is the oldest written Constitution of any nation on Earth! It has withstood the test of time – almost 230 years – and defines what we live by: the rule of law, limited government, and the ideals of liberty, equality, and justice. The Constitution was created by the people and for people. It is the foundation of our democracy and our rights as Americans.

Visit Davenport Libraries in person or online:

  • Look for Constitution Day displays at Lansing, Midland, Warren, and W.A. Lettinga campus libraries.  
  • Pick up your complimentary pocket size copy of the U.S. Constitution at Lansing, Midland, Warren, and W.A. Lettinga campus libraries.
  • Check out the Constitution Day Library Guide for "Fast Facts," founding documents, research links, and more at http://davenport.libguides.com/constitutionday

The Right to Vote - Still Evolving in 2019!

The "Right to Vote" is a fundamental part of our democracy, but it is not specifically described in the original U.S. Constitution.  Take a look at the history of our "Right to Vote" and consider some important questions still being raised today.  

History of the "Right to Vote" in the U.S.

  • U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 2 (1787): Addressed voting only as it pertained to the House of Representatives, and deferred to States on voter eligibility rules.
  • 14th Amendment (1868): Guaranteed "equal protection under the law," which has been applied to voting rights in several court cases.
  • 15th Amendment (1870): Stated that the right to vote cannot be denied on the basis of race.
  • 19th Amendment (1920): Stated that the right to vote cannot be denied on the basis of sex.
  • 24th Amendment (1964): Stated that a poll tax cannot be required as a condition for voting.
  • Voting Rights Act (1965): Strengthened the 15th Amendment by explicitly making it illegal for states to adopt voting requirements that result in denial of voting rights on the basis of race.
  • 26th Amendment (1971): Lowered the voting age to 18.

Questions about Voting Rights in 2019

Explore the U.S. Constitution through interactive websites:

Interactive Constitution: Search the Constitution by Key words; explore more that 300 Constitution related topics from business, education, civil rights, voting, etc.; view Supreme Court Case decisions in the text of the Constitution.

Podcasts: Watch podcasts that feature Consitutional issues that are being addressed today.

Learn how The U.S. Constitution still applies to the world we live in today at these websites: 

AnnenbergClassroom.org "Annenberg Videos have won 45 national awards"

    • Over 50 videos on major constitutional concepts and court cases
    • Brochures, Books, and Interactive games
    • Current News and "Today in History"

JusticeTalking.org "The public radio show about law and American life" 

National Archives: Research and Learn

    • America's Founding Documents
    • Foreign Policy, Military Records, and Investigations
    • People
    • Places
    • Federal Government
    • Maritime, Aviation, Science, and Technology
    • Events, Centennials, and Holidays
    • Arts and Culture

Check out the history of The Pledge of Allegiance at this website: http://www.ushistory.org/documents/pledge.htm

Your Vote Matters!  

... and not only during Presidential elections.

Midterm Elections are also Important!

Voter registrations forms, absentee ballot information, and polling locations can be found at your state’s Secretary of State web site: Michigan: http://www.michigan.gov/sos

Register to vote today! The most fundamental way to make a difference is through your vote! It’s your voice!