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In honor of Constitution Day, the criminal justice department and history and political science programs hosted four lectures Sept. 17 ranging from international law and civil liberties to immigration and search and seizure.

The 2005 federal spending bill requires public schools to observe Sept. 17 as Constitution Day. It is important to know the Constitution and amendments, so you can be prepared to defend any attempt to violate them.

The U.S. Constitution is the document American society lives by. Everything from freedom of speech to voter’s rights are covered in the Constitution.

For instance, did you know the First Amendment states that Congress cannot prohibit freedom of religion, speech, press or assembly?

The 13th Amendment abolished slavery, the 15th granted black men the right to vote and the 19th established women’s suffrage. Also, some things college students can appreciate:  The 21st repealed prohibition.

Another important amendment is the 26th, which lowered the voting age to 18.

To better understand the Constitution and other documents that shape America, visit archives.gov/exhibits/charters.

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