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2019 Observances: September 17

September 17: Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

Constitution Day & Citizenship Day

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, as defined by the Law Library of Congress, is observed each year on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, and “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens."

For legislation, Presidential Proclamations, and Executive Orders pertaining to this commemoration, visit the Law Library of Congress' Constitution Day and Citizenship Day page.

Library Events for Constitution Day and Citizenship Day 2019

#trendingtopics Film Series - Life on the Line: Coming of Age Between Nations  (2014)

"Life on the Line tells the story of millions of children whose lived realities epitomize what mestiza-feminist theorist Gloria Anzaldua called "a struggle of borders" through a close-up look at one young girl who bravely tries to hold her family together in the face of great economic, social, emotional and political assault. As an antidote to the commonly xenophobic and dehumanizing public attitudes and policies surrounding illegal immigration, this film offers a heartfelt and humanizing portrait of a one of the most pressing issues of our time. This short film provides rich analytical fodder for teachers of Anthropology, Sociology, and Women's Studies classes to explore transnational families, hybrid consciousness, the quest for belonging, and the frequent dramaturgies of citizenship marked by rupture, liminality, heartbreak and hope."- Kanopy 

Running time: 27 minutes

This documentary is not rated. 

Screening Dates and Locations

September 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Palatka Campus Library, L219C

General Resources for Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

Online Resources about the Constitution 

The Constitution of the United States: A Transcription from the National Archives

The Constitution Annotated from the Library of Congress. This site premiered on September 16, 2019 and has additional features and upgrades planned. 

U.S. Constitution presented with explanatory text from the Legal Information Institute of Cornell Law School

Constitution of the United States: Primary Documents in American History from the Library of Congress

The US Constitution video and transcript from the Khan Academy

Books at the SJR State Library about Constitutional History

Books may be checked out by community patrons as well as SJR State students faculty and staff. If a title is located at another campus, the book may be sent to another campus upon request. 

Locations follow the call number. PAC = Palatka Campus Library  OPC = Orange Park Campus Library  SAC = St. Augustine Campus Library

These titles provide general information about the topic. For books by or about individuals, specific events, or related subjects, search the Library catalog.

Online Resources about U.S. Citizenship

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  homepage

Citizenship Resource Center provides study materials and resources

The Naturalization Test

Books at the SJR State Library about U.S Citizenship

Books may be checked out by community patrons as well as SJR State students faculty and staff. If a title is located at another campus, the book may be sent to another campus upon request. 

Locations follow the call number. PAC = Palatka Campus Library  OPC = Orange Park Campus Library  SAC = St. Augustine Campus Library