September 17th is (US) Constitution Day

Today we honor the United States Constitution and the vigorous debate about what it says, what the Founders meant, and what it means for Americans 224 years after the document was signed at the Convention in 1787. (The Bill of Rights, ratification, and implementation all came later.) 

From the Gilder Lehrman Institute: 
In honor of Constitution Day, and with the permission of the author, the Gilder Lehrman Institute is pleased to send you “One Document, Under Siege” by Richard Stengel. 

We hope you enjoy this thought-provoking article and share it with teachers, students, and friends. 

Richard Stengel is Editor-in-Chief of Time Magazine and former President of the National Constitution Center. He welcomes your comments and questions, which can be sent to him at 

Read last year's Connections entry about Constitution Day.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.