September 17, 1787
During the summer of 1787, delegates from the 12 states of the Articles of Confederation assembled in Philadelphia to discuss possible revisions to the Articles. Among them were George Washington and James Madison of Virginia, Alexander Hamilton of New York, and Benjamin Franklin, Gouverneur Morris, and James Wilson of Pennsylvania. The result of their summer deliberations was the U.S. Constitution, which the 39 delegates signed on September 17, 1787. The document was then sent to the individual states for their discussion and eventual ratification. In 2004, Congress designated September 17 as Constitution Day.
Throughout the country, educational institutions sponsor events during the week of September 17 that explore the meaning of the Constitution and the system of government that it establishes. George Washington, who presided over the convention
is the figure standing on the dais. The central figures of
the portrait are Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin
and James Madison. Painting by Howard Chandler Christy
"The Constitution and Economic Policy"
(Constitution Day, 2009)
Throughout the country, educational institutions sponsor events during the week of September 17 that explore the meaning of the Constitution and the system of government that it establishes. This fall the Department of Political Science hosted a panel on "The Constitution and Economic Policy." Presentations were made on "Contracts and the Constitution," by Matthew Brogdon, who holds the position of Lecturer in the Political Science Department, "The U.S. Constitution: Libertarian or Communitarian?" by PhD candidate Thomas Pope, and "Trusting Judges: The Role of the Court in Regulating Monopolies" by PhD candidate David Ramsey. The discussion, held on
Brogdon, Pope, and Ramsey Give Presentations on September 17, 2009 at 4 PM in Bennett Auditorium,
Constitution and Economic Policy. was moderated by Dr. Jerold Waltman, R.W.
Morrison Professor of Political Science.
Read about Constitution Day, 2007: "Presidential Rhetoric and the Constitution"