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The Constitution was written at an Iggy Azalea concert.
False: Iggy isn’t that old! The Constitution was written in secret in Pennsylvania 227 years ago.
The Bill of Rights has always been part of the Constitution.
False: The Bill of Rights was added in 1791 and it includes the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.
The First amendment guarantees you the freedom of speech, and that means you can say whatever you want, whenever you want.
False: You do have the freedom of speech, BUT there are some limits. For example, you can't use bad words in class to disrupt class lessons. Also, you probably shouldn't tell Ms. Smith about that hairy mole on her nose, but you can organize a group of your friends together to talk to the Principal about Mr. Matthews sleeping during class.
About half of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention at one time owned slaves.
True: Talk about irony: writing a document about freedom while having slaves. Slavery was hotly debated during the Constitutional Convention. In 1865, the 13th amendment finally abolished slavery.
The First 10 Amendments to the Constitution are known as The Rights of Bill.
False: Close! They are known as the Bill of Rights and they were all added at the same time, three years after the Constitution was approved. You read this question too fast, we said Rights of Bill!
When the delegates signed the Constitution they were in the largest city of all the colonies.
True: At the time, Philadelphia was the largest city with about 40,000 people. Today, over 1.5 Million people live in Philadelphia.
All of our Presidents in the U.S. have been U.S. born citizens.
False: The first U.S. born citizen to become President was Martin Van Buren, the 8th President; he was born after the American Revolution. The first seven Presidents before Van Buren and the 9th President were all originally "British subjects" before the revolution.
James Madison was worried that the Constitutional Convention was going to be canceled.
True: On the first day of the Convention only delegates from PA and VA showed up. That’s way worse than only a few kids showing up for school on the first day. Good thing the others delegates showed up 11 days later.,
The U.S. Constitution protects the people in America from anyone who violates their civil liberties.
False: The Constitution protects the people from our government. It stops our government from becoming too powerful and doing things that violate the rights of the people.
The US Constitution is the youngest national Constitution in the whole world.
False: Actually, even though the U.S. is a young nation, it has the oldest and shortest Constitution of any nation on earth. We can’t say for sure it’s the oldest in our galaxy, but as far as we know, it is.
The US Post Office has made four stamps that feature Alexander Hamilton.
True: It is a big deal to have one stamp but four is crazy!
The Constitution established that all US citizens can vote.
False: The Constitution did not spell out who can vote. That’s one of the reasons it took years of struggle for Blacks, women, Native Americans, and many others to be able to exercise their right to vote. People are still fighting for the right to vote to this day! Of course, kids under 18 still can’t vote.
In 1787, Congress was happy that the delegates had saved them the trouble of having to write the new Constitution.
False: The delegates didn’t have the authority to write a new Constitution! They had been asked to fix the Articles of Confederation. That’s one of the reasons they were so secretive about writing a Constitution.
The Constitution is not available for public viewing and is kept in secret.
False: Check the schedule first, but you can see all four pages of the Constitution displayed at the National Archives in Washington, DC. You won't be able to touch it or even breathe on it because it's very fragile -- it's 227 years old.
The first people to picket in front of the White House were men.
False: They were all women fighting for the right to vote. Their persistence eventually led to the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote in 1920. The right to vote is an important and hard-earned privilege. Which candidate you support is not as important as exercising your right to vote.
The Constitution protects your friends and enemies equally.
True: Even though you might not like someone, he or she still gets the same rights as you! This is a good thing.
The people didn’t get to see the Constitution until it was posted on Facebook.
False: The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser published a copy of the Constitution on September 19, 1787—two days after it was signed. Come to think of it, newspapers were the closest things to Facebook back then.
The Constitution states that all men are created equal.
False: The Constitution does NOT say this. This is one of the most famous sentences of the Declaration of Independence. Don’t worry, many people confuse the two documents too.
Every year our nation celebrates Constitution Day on September 17th with a big national party.
False: But we should! Help make Constitution Day a National Holiday. Tell your parents and other adults about our petition to make Constitution Day a holiday. I bet you’d enjoy another day off from school.
George Washington is the only delegate to have his face on US money.
False: Take at look at your own money! We have several delegates on the bills and coins. Ben Franklin is on the $100 bills. Gee, which bill do you want in your wallet? Think about that...