“We the People of the United States” likely feel that we know quite a bit about the supreme law of the land.
In fact, weren’t we introduced to its complex text at the tender age of six or seven? Also, haven’t we been introduced to ideas mentioned in the body of text, including details about the three branches of government, the separation of powers, and the rights and responsibilities of governmental entities?
Sure, but there’s plenty many of us don’t know about the Constitution. For instance, did you know that the Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787? An incredible number of people believe that the Constitution was signed July 4, 1776, which is the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. According to Annenberg Public Policy Center, just 13 percent of people are aware of this.
Read on to learn a few more facts about the constitution:
- Only 39 of the 55 delegates present at the Constitutional Convention agreed to with the document, signing it. Edmund Randolph, for instance, believed that the Constitution lacked sufficient checks and balances.
- The harvest feast-filled Thanksgiving Day was created to celebrate the constitution. George Washington intended for the day to be spent giving thanks for the formation of the Constitution.
- There’s just a 0.23 percent chance of getting an amendment passed by Congress. With the Bill of Rights included, only 27 amendments received the necessary approval to be passed to the Constitution, despite the fact that more than 11,600 amendments have been introduced to Congress.
- The U.S. Constitution is among the shortest and oldest document belonging to any major international government. The text is just four pages and 4,400 words. The signature section is longer, possessing 4,543 words.
- There are numerous spelling errors in the Constitution, including “Pensylvania.”
- The 19th amendment nearly didn’t pass; meaning that women almost didn’t get the right to vote. Tennessee legislator, Harry Burn changed his vote to yes after he received a scolding letter from his mother. He was told to “do the right thing.”
- John Quincy Adam swore on the Constitution when he was sworn in, rather than the bible, pledging his allegiance to the nation that he loved so much.
- There are more than a few people who believe that the Constitution is cursed. Alexander Hamilton was famously killed by Aaron Burr in 1804. However, there would be other political rivals who would meet their untimely demise, including North Carolina delegate Richard Spaight and Pennsylvania delegate Gouverneur Morris.
There are other interesting tidbits about the U.S. Constitution, including the fact that many of the delegates were absent or tardy. Are there other things that you know about the founding fathers and the U.S. Constitution?