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September 16, 2011

Celebrate Constitution Day: "We the People ... "

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Get ready to celebrate Constitution Day, which marks the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. (It's also observed today as a business holiday.) Of all the literature available to us, the Constitution can provide some of the greatest chills in its stirring opening words: "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union ...

Of course, the meaning of the Constitution's words -- on issues such as states' rights, free speech and privacy -- has been debated for more than two centuries. And these days, the polarization in Washington and around the nation has sparked fresh debate. But that shouldn't be a surprise, because even as the document was created, the Founding Fathers were making their own compromises.

To celebrate the day, and get a peek at history, you can't do better than a trip to the National Archives in Washington or the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, both of which have terrific online exhibits.

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Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now is the Maryland Editor. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.
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