Our Constitution cookout on the 13th of September makes this note from our good friend Judy quite apropos:
200 hundred years ago last Sunday on the 24th of August 1814, the archives and other documents from the White House and other Washington DC buildings were brought to Leesburg. They were here, in various locations, for about a month. This was the result of the British entering Washington and burning the White House during the end of the War of 1812. http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/200-years-ago-in-the-war-of-1812-washington-was-in-flames/2014/08/18/17e6a29c-1e41-11e4-82f9-2cd6fa8da5c4_story.html
Please take time this summer to read our national documents. If you have children or grandchildren in school, be sure that the school is teaching about the formation of these marvelous materials and the great men who wrote and signed them.
If you read the Washington Post you may have seen these articles:
The first is about a teaching course: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/08/25/new-free-online-civics-course-from-the-bill-of-rights-institute-at-documents-of-freedom/ and https://www.docsoffreedom.org/.
Second, a summary of the history is found at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/200-years-ago-in-the-war-of-1812-washington-was-in-flames/2014/08/18/17e6a29c-1e41-11e4-82f9-2cd6fa8da5c4_story.html
Third, the Constitution was translated into two languages and is now being analyzed. If anyone is a German or Dutch speaker or leaning one of these languages, this might interest you:http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/08/25/learning-from-founding-era-translations-of-the-u-s-constitution/ and http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2486301.
If you are so inclined, there is another excellent source of information: http://www.constitutingamerica.org and all the documents are online at: http://constitutingamerica.org/foundingdocs.php
Copies of the Constitution can be purchased many places including at http://www.nccs.net/index.php.
Treasure your Freedoms, Judy