September 17, 2013

TFK Explains: The U.S. Constitution

Happy Birthday, U.S. Constitution! On September 17, 2013, the document turns 226 years old. It established our national government and lists the rights of Americans. "The Constitution is the most important document in American history," Jeffrey Rosen told TFK. He is the president of the National Constitution Center, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. "It expresses who we are as a people. The Bill of Rights—the first 10 amendments—includes freedom of speech and of religion. It makes it clear that the government has to respect the basic rights of the people." Click here to read a Q&A with Rosen.


Rosen says the best way to celebrate Constitution Day is to learn about the document. "Read the Bill of Rights," he says. "Pick an amendment, such as freedom of speech, and discuss with your friends what you think it means." To learn more about the U.S. Constitution, watch the video above. (Written by Glenn Greenberg / Narrated by Jaime Joyce / Edited by Stephanie Kraus)

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