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Sept. 17 marks birth of U.S. government
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12 September 2008
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - Across the country, Americans will celebrate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Eastern Oregon University joins in observing the birthday of U.S. government and recognizes Constitution Day.
The members of the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Constitutional Convention convened in response to dissatisfaction with the Articles of Confederation and the need for a strong centralized government. After four months of secret debate and many compromises, the proposed Constitution was submitted to the states for approval. Although the vote was close in some states, the Constitution was eventually ratified and the new Federal government came into existence in 1789. The Constitution established the U.S. government as it exists today. (Source: The Library of Congress - United States Constitution) www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/Constitution.html
More information on upcoming events related to EOU's celebration of Constitution Day will be available at www.eou.edu.
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