Constitution Day 2020


In 1987, the University of Delaware Library celebrated the bicentennial of the formal signing of the U.S. Constitution with an exhibition of Special Collections materials. The exhibition comprised books, pamphlets, newspapers, and prints tracing the development of the U.S. Constitution from the early eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries.  This year, in celebration of Constitution Day 2020 (observed September 17th), Special Collections is highlighting the promotional poster and label text from the 1987 exhibition. These items offer insights into the national reflection on the document occurring that bicentennial year and trace the Constitution's European and American influences, the endeavors to ratify the document, the process of its modification and amendment, and its continued use. Additionally, the original catalog of exhibition materials offers an extensive list of resources still available for research in Special Collections.

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