Samuel Adams, Boston patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence stated: "The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men."
The U.S. Constitution represented the first time in history a free people embarked on such novel experiment in government. This first and oldest constitutional democracy in world history has proven so successful that in just two centuries this form of government is now the most common one amongst the nations of the modern world.
September 17 is Constitution Day and the UI Library will be celebrating it by displaying books, posters, DVDs, and historic and recent federal government materials related to the Constitution of the United States. The Library’s Government Documents department is presenting translations of the text of the Constitution in Dutch, Russian, Korean, Swedish, Chinese, and Spanish. The exhibits, which will be displayed from September 10 to 28, are located in on the first floor of the Library in the foyer and in the Combined Reading Room.