2016 Theme: The Reconstruction Amendments
The Reconstruction Amendments to the United States Constitution, ratified a century and a half ago in the aftermath of Civil War, have played a critical role in helping to extend the protections and guarantees of the Constitution to all Americans.
The Thirteenth Amendment, ratified in 1865, abolished slavery. The Fourteenth amendment, ratified in 1868, guaranteed that no American would be denied due process and equal protection of the law on the basis of race. The Fifteen Amendment, ratified in 1870, prohibited the denial of voting rights by race.
This Constitution Day, September 17, 2016, let us reflect on the pivotal role these three amendments played in helping our nation to effectuate the ideals of liberty and justice for all.
This handout contains a selection of constitution preambles from different countries. Exploring constitutions from around the world is a great way to teach about constitutions and their role in governance and societies.
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