Constitution Day 2013
Sept. 17 is celebrated as Constitution Day in the United States, marking the anniversary of a fundamental U.S. document.
From the National Archives: "Drafted in secret by delegates to the Constitutional Convention during the summer of 1787, this four-page document, signed on Sept. 17, 1787, established the government of the United States. It is written on parchment, which is treated animal skin, typically sheepskin. The original Constitution of the United States lives at the National Archives headquarters in Washington, D.C. But the Constitution is alive and well in everything we do."
Here is the National Archives' home page about the Constitution.
Here is a history of the document.
Here is a transcript of the original Constitution, with links to newer language where changes were subsequently made.
Here is a transcript of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, also known as the Bill of Rights. (The page includes a link to later amendments.)
Here are questions and answers about the Constitution and the era in which is was created.