Learning about the United States Constitution should be fun, informative and inspiring. This document lists the duties and power of the government and the rights of the people. The basics are something every middle school student is taught.
The National Constitution Center and iCivics have joined together and launched a new digital site called WeLoveTheConstitution.org - where Americans can share their thoughts about the United States Constitution and what they value most about the document.
Members of the public can upload their videos by visiting our site, hopefully sparking a national dialogue about our founding document and what it means to its citizens.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States: “Who were ‘We the People’ when the United States was new? They were only white, property owning men. The genius of our Constitution, I believe, is that over the course of more than two centuries, those words – ‘We the People’ – have become ever more inclusive. Now, ‘We the People’ includes people once held in slavery, it includes women, it includes Native Americans. The genius of the Constitution is that we are still forming a more perfect union and we do so under the Constitution, our fundamental instrument of government.”
John Lewis, United States Representative (D-GA): “The vote is precious. It is almost sacred. It is the most powerful, non-violent, instrument or tool that we have in our democratic society. When I think about the Constitution, I think about the right to vote.”
John Boozman, United States Senator (R-AR): “One of the most important things the Constitution does is protect our right to free speech…. This is a fundamental right that allows our democracy to thrive by protecting citizens from having their speech censored or banned due to its content. The First Amendment gives us the ability to express our thoughts and feelings without fear of retribution or punishment from our government.”
Cory Booker, United States Senator (D-NJ): “The Fourteenth Amendment … that to me was something that my parents literally talked about. They knew that this idea of equal protection, that everyone had full rights of citizenship…it was their defense and their shield against those who tried to work against our ideals. It became the tip of the spear that helped to launch our nation forward, to be more inclusive, to be more fair, to be more loving.”
Susan Collins, United States Senator (R-ME): “What I love most about our Constitution is its first three words: ‘We the People.’ Those simple words powerfully describe our responsibilities as citizens. They tell us that, in America, the government is not an all-powerful ruler over us—it is all of us. The fate of our nation lies in our hands.”
The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia is a place where people can come together to learn about, debate and celebrate the U.S Constitution.
iCivics is committed to transforming civic learning through video games and lessons. iCivics is the largest classroom based digital civics educational resource.