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Shh book jacket

Shh! We're Writing the Constitution is one of several children's books about the Constitution.

Is it true that...

The first page of the United States Constitution

The Senate passed a resolution on September 16, 1987 stating that the U.S. Constitution was explicitly modeled upon the Iroquois Constitution?

The answer is no.

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Scene at the Signing the Constitution of the United States by Howard Chandler Christy
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

The final draft of the U.S. Constitution was signed in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.  Although it would be almost a year before the Constitution was ratified by the required nine states, this date marks a milestone in our country's history. On this date, the core principles guiding the United States were laid out in a single document. Learn more about the Constitution on the Virtual Reference Desk.

The Virtual Reference Desk helps you locate information related to the Senate, including art, buildings, history, legislation, members, officers and staff, procedures, symbols, and traditions. Information is arranged broadly by topic.


Transcripts of hearings may be available on a committee Web site, from the Government Printing Office, or from a federal depository library.  Learn how to find Committee Hearings.

Many of the books listed on senate.gov can be found at your local public library or a government depository library, or can be purchased on the Web or from a bookstore.  This guide will help you get started.  

You need a bill or public law number to check the status of or request a copy of legislation. This How to guide will assist you.