Painting by Gerd Altmann of the signing of the US Constitution.

2022 Constitution Day Events

To mark the day, a number of presentations will occur during September. All events are open to the public.

Thursday, September 22, 2022
Noon
Room 3250, Appellate Court Room, UW Law School

Presentation: What is an America worth saving?

Professor Lucas Morel, Professor of Political Science and Executive Director of the John L. Loeb, Jr. Institute for Religious Freedom and director of the Politics & Values Program at George Washington University

Lincoln, the Founding, and an America Worth Saving argues that the most important influence on Lincoln’s political thought and practice is what he learned from the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. At a time when defenders of racial slavery also appealed to the nation’s founding for support, Lincoln interpreted the Declaration of Independence as a charter of human equality and individual liberty. He thought the American people needed to recommit themselves to putting slavery “on the course of ultimate extinction.” Only by doing so did he think the union of American states would be a union “worthy of the saving.

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Lucas Morel of Washington & Lee University as we explore this year’s Constitution Day theme. What is “an America worth saving,” and how do our methods of Constitutional interpretation help us realize that vision? Dr. Morel is the John K. Boardman, Jr. Professor of Politics at Washington & Lee, and is the author of the recent book entitled Lincoln and the American Founding.

Sponsors: The Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy, UW Law School

Register or visit The Center for Liberal Democracy for more information.

Constitutional Resources

Constitution of the United States

Produced by the National Archives and Records Administration, this site includes a transcript of the Constitution, images of the original document and other facts and background information.

Teaching with documents: observing Constitution Day

Also produced by the National Archives and Records Administration, this site offers activities, lesson plans and other information for teachers and students at all levels.

National Constitution Center
Center for the Study of the American Constitution

This non-profit, non-partisan center is dedicated to serving scholars, educators, and students who are interested in the American Constitution in its historical context.

President George W. Bush signed a bill on December 8, 2004 (Public Law 108-447) that designates every September 17 as Constitution Day. All institutions of higher education that receive federal funding are required to prepare a program to inform students about the U.S. Constitution.