Anniversary of the US Constitution: The day America shed its British skin
We The People is a musical resource for schools that commemorates the American War of Independence. It is based on the events that took place when the US Declaration of Independence led to the forming of a new country.
On this day 231 years ago, the first United States Congress officially declared the US Constitution in effect.It is one of the most important political documents in history, the Constitution became the country’s supreme law on 4 March 1789 following its creation and ratification in the two years prior. As Dr Charles Margerison explains, it was the moment when America decided it would make its own laws to govern its own people and no longer live under a British shadow.“
The rule of democracy replaced the rule of monarchy,” says Dr Margerison and that is why I have written the musical, We The People, to help students and their parents understand the importance of the events. “The US Constitution guides political processes and is still the guidebook for decisions on political power, as seen recently in the impeachment of the president.”
Today, America is a major force in the world in all respects. We hear the USA National Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner played with pride at events throughout the nation.
It’s this patriotic force which inspired Dr Margerison to create We The People, an education musical resource which was incidentally named in honour of the first three words of the US Constitution.
We The People is based upon the key events which led to the founding of the first United States government, including the Sons of Liberty Revolt, the Boston Tea Party, the Declaration of Independence and the creation of the Constitution.
“It is a musical resource that can be used in all schools to help students learn what it was like when those great decisions were made,” says Dr Margerison.
“Teachers can recreate the events and involve the students as participants. They can be Loyalists or Patriots.”
“It provides a fun and engaging way of learning about the key events, dates and details of important historical moments within the history of the United States of America.”
It’s on momentous days like today when We The People becomes a classroom’s best asset.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America” – Preamble to the United States Constitution
For more information about the musical resource, and to find out how you can connect classrooms with some of the most important events in US history, contact Monica at firstname.lastname@example.org.