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Constituting America’s Mission
is to utilize the culture and multi-media outreach such as music, film, internet, and social media to reach, educate and inform America's adults and students about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights. Our multi-tiered approach features a contest for kids, a school speaking program, academic forums with Constitutional Scholars, and Patriot Clubs. National Youth Director Juliette Turner reaches youth across America with her bestselling book, Our Constitution Rocks, and motivational speeches, videos and media interviews.

Janine Turner Founder & Co-Chair of Constituting America





Cathy Gillespie
Co-Chair of Constituting America











Constitutional Issues In The 2016 Election – Guest Essayist: Professor William Morrisey

 

Faithful readers of Constituting America’s 90-Day Study have followed the story of our constitution through each of our presidential elections. We have seen that the moral foundations of both of our constitutions—the Articles of Confederation and the United States Constitution that replaced it—find their most cogent expression in the Declaration of Independence. There, the Founders held the self-evident truth that all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Governments must therefore be framed to secure those unalienable rights. Our God-endowed, or natural, rights—regulated by the laws of Nature and of Nature’s God—find security in our legal or civil rights, defended by a system of government so structured as to channel the ambitions of political men and women toward the guardianship of those rights. This requires a regime designed to empower the government so our rights can be defended effectively against those who threaten them, at home or abroad. At the same time, the powers of that government will check and balance one another, so that no single individual or group of individuals will likely usurp all those powers, setting us on the road to tyranny. America’s early Constitutional conflicts centered on the question of how much power should be placed in the hands of the national government vis-à-vis the states’ governments. But whether Federalists or Anti-Federalists, Hamiltonians or Jeffersonians, all of the principal founders aimed at securing the natural rights of Americans by the means of well-designed constitutional forms.

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The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription

From the National Archives website: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html


IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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Chris L. Foster
Descendent of John Adams
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034
 
for recently donating copies of the United States Constitution to Constituting America!
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Constituting America National Youth Director Juliette Turner Featured Author at the Dallas 2013 Celebration of Reading for her bestselling Harper Collins/Zondervan book Our Constitution Rocks


Constituting America National Youth Director Juliette Turner's Mount Vernon Speech!

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"The Youngest Scholar ever to Address a Symposium at Mt. Vernon!"

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Virginia
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Michigan
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Oregon
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New York
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Washington
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Minnesota
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Georgia
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Arizona
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Texas
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Illinois
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Texas
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New York
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Texas
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Missouri
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Joy Frost,
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Texas
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Illinois
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Pennsylvania
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Colorado
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Illinois
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Washington State
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Florida
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Virginia
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Louisiana
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Georgia
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Texas
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Georgia
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Wisconsin
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Nebraska
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Ohio
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Georgia
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Illinois
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Texas
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Ohio
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Tennessee
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Ohio
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Alabama
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Texas

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Colorado
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Texas
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Maryland
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Missouri
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Tennessee
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Wisconsin
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Georgia
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Connecticut
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Florida
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North Carolina
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Oregon
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Abigail Olschewski
Utah

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Georgia

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South Carolina
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California
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New York
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Illinois
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Missouri
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Colorado
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Ohio
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Arkansas

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Our Inaugural 2010 Winners
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Carisse Hamlet & Olga Zubashko
NEW YORK

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GEORGIA

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ALABAMA

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