On August 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially enacted Constitution Week as September 17 through September 23rd. The Daughters of the American Revolution petitioned congress for a resolution to promote the education and study of America’s founding document.
Clean Elections is happy to celebrate Constitution Week with students and educators across the state as a part of our youth voter outreach initiative. On this page you will find video resources to play on demand in the classroom. These include a video from election experts with Clean Elections that provides an overview of the different branches of government, separation of powers, and how voting and elections work. Additionally, in partnership with the Civic Education & Community Engagement Committee, we are pleased to bring you the Civics Storytelling Series - a collection of civic inspiration stories and autobiographies read by local community leaders.
For more resources to celebrate Constitution Week, please visit the Arizona Department of Education’s Civic Education & Community Engagement Program website.
Civic StoryTelling Videos
Clean Elections, in partnership with the Civic Education & Community Engagement Committee, spent time with local community leaders to bring educators and students stories and autobiographies to inspire and promote civic engagement.
Government and Voting 101
Gina Roberts & Avery Xola
Senator Martín QuezadaThe Story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Biography Book for New Readers
Amy B. ChanClean Elections Commissioner
The Story of John Lewis: A Biography Book for Young Readers
Founding Revolutionary of
Love Glasses Revolution LLC
Your Voice is Your Superpower
ALL in Education
The Life of/ La Vida de Dolores
David Martinez III
Vitalyst Health Foundation
Grace for President
Arizona Humane Society
African American Reconstruction LLC
Voting Ambassador for AZSOS
ASU - Professor
School of Transborder Studies
Arizona African American Legislative Committee
Secretary of State
Anusha NatarajanResearch aid at The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at ASU
Sometimes People March
Helpful Information and Links:
On September 17, 1787, members of the Constitutional Convention signed the draft of America’s founding document. Beginning with the famous words - We the People… - the constitution affirms that the United States government exists to serve all its citizens.
- Known as the “Father of the Constitution”, James Madison was responsible for drafting and presenting the first blueprint, originally called The Virginia Plan, to the Constitutional Convention in 1787.
- The Constitution of the United States: A Transcription
- The White House: The Constitution
- The Founding Fathers
- Constitutional Amendments Affecting Voting Rights
-The 15th Amendment gave African American men the right to vote in 1870. But many weren't able to exercise this right. Some states used literacy tests and other barriers to make it harder to vote.
-The 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920, gave American women the right to vote.
-The 24th Amendment
, ratified in 1964, eliminated poll taxes. The tax had been used in some states to keep African Americans from voting in federal elections.
-The 26th Amendment, ratified in 1971, lowered the voting age for all elections to 18.
- The Arizona Constitution Project