U.S. CONSTITUTION DAY – SEPTEMBER 17

Dear SSU Students, Faculty, and Staff:
September 17th marked a special day in the history of the United States of America. On this day we commemorate
Constitution Day as the signing of the U.S. Constitution took place on September 17, 1787, recognizing the rights of all
who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization have become citizens; thus, upholding the birth of a nation. I invite all of
you to join us in celebrating that day!
As a special tribute, SSU is dedicated to the celebration by joining schools, colleges, and universities throughout the
U.S. in enriching our knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. For this, we have placed several key reference materials
through these venues:
1) SSU Library in San Diego has on display these relevant books:
 “The Constitution of the United States of America: with the Declaration of Independence and the
Articles of Confederation”
 “The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America”
2) SSU Library in Newport Beach has on display this book:
 “The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America”
3) In Moodle, there is a special link dedicated to this event (front page of Moodle)
4) SSU is giving away a free copy of “The US Constitution and Fascinating Facts About It” to the first student that
can name five of the 39 “Founding Fathers of the U.S.” (these are individuals that signed the U.S. Constitution).
You can see, email, or call Dr. Claudia Araiza for that (619-298-1829, caraiza@ssu.edu).
Check out our special resources about the U.S. Constitution:
– Read the U.S. Constitution: https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript,
http://www.ushistory.org/documents/constitution.htm
– View the real document (4 pages): https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution
– The Bill of Rights (Amendments): https://www.archives.gov/legislative/resources/bill-of-rights.html
https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/constitution,
http://www.ushistory.org/documents/amendments.htm#amend01
– History of the US Constitution: http://www.mountvernon.org/george-washington/constitutional-convention/
– Key Facts: https://constitutioncenter.org/learn/educational-resources/historical-documents/constitution-fastfacts
– Video Hosted by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor “Constitutional Convention History” (20 minutes):
https://constitutioncenter.org/learn/hall-pass/constitution-day-2010-the-judicial-branch
– The First Amendment “Free Speech” explained: http://www.uscourts.gov/about-federal-courts/educationalresources/about-educational-outreach/activity-resources/what-does

We leave you with the First Amendment as it pertains to the pursuit of free speech:

Amendment I
Freedoms, Petitions, Assembly
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise
thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to
assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.