In 1789, James Madison fought to include a bill of rights in the U.S. Constitution. Ten of his twelve proposed amendments were ratified by the states in 1791. Known as the Bill of Rights, these ten amendments protect Americans’ individual liberties.
We the People at the Periodic Presidents would like to introduce the newest member of our full-size (24″ x 36″) poster lineup. The Periodic Table of the Constitution is a one-stop shop for all essential (and fun) info from our founding document.
The Blueprint for a Nation
Our blueprint design includes the following major pieces:
The 7 Articles (with key original text)
The 27 Amendments
The 7 guiding principles
10 significant Supreme Court cases
And other fun historical info
The story of the Constitution involves more than the articles and amendments. We’ve included historical side notes that highlight other events surrounding our Constitution, such as:
The Articles of Confederation
The Federalist Papers
The Virginia Plan, New Jersey Plan & Connecticut Compromise
The 3/5 Compromise
The Preamble in plain English
If you already have our Amendments poster, this is the perfect companion piece. Both posters, when displayed together, tell the story of our nation’s founding document.
The PTOTC is a great reference for the classroom – for both teachers and students. You can buy our new PTOTC here.
Saturday, March 4, 2017, marked the 200th anniversary of the inauguration of James Monroe.
Today we know Inauguration Day as January 20th, but for much of the country’s past it was March 4th. Prior to 1933, an incoming president took the oath of office and gave his inaugural address on March 4th. If the fourth fell on a Sunday, the proceedings were moved to the following Monday.
The original system created a four-month gap between Election Day and Inauguration Day. This time was necessary to accurately count votes and to move the new president to Washington, D.C.
As voting, communication, and travel became easier, this lengthy lame-duck period became unnecessary, and created an obstacle to governing. In 1933, the 20th Amendment changed Inauguration Day to January 20th.
Check out our infographic for a handful of significant inaugural addresses – including some of the most famous addresses, the longest (and deadliest) address, the shortest address, and other interesting inaugural facts.
Want to share this with your students?
This infographic can be easily printed or projected. And, here’s a lesson with questions (and answers) to give your students a more in-depth look at our nation’s inaugural history.
1. Name the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.
2. When did 18 year-olds gain the right to vote for the president?
3. When was Prohibition repealed?
4. On what day is the president inaugurated?
BONUS: Which president is known as “The Father of the Constitution?”
All of these answers (and more!) can be found on our brand-new Periodic Table of the Amendments. We’ve been hard at work on a new poster, and it’s available now. The Periodic Table of the Amendments is a historical journey through the 27 additions to our Constitution. It highlights the Bill of Rights Amendments, the Civil War Amendments, and the Progressive Era Amendments. It also connects the Suffrage Amendments, the Presidential Amendments, and the Prohibition Amendments.