- The Washington Times - Monday, September 17, 2007

History teachers everywhere would like to pass the Constitution around the classroom or reinforce a lesson with original letters from James Madison, and soon, they will be able to.

With the upcoming debut of ConSource.org, students of American history everywhere will be able to access an online library of notes and documents predating the Constitution, many written by Founding Fathers and former presidents.

The Constitutional Sources Project teamed with the National Constitution Center to celebrate Constitution Day today — exactly 220 years after the original signing of the Constitution — by debuting the Web site with a series of opening-day lessons streaming live on the site from cities crucial in the nation’s early history: Washington, Philadelphia and Boston.

The instructors, prominent U.S. figures, will present their lessons live to students at historically significant locations in each city. An online audience nationwide will tune in from work, home and school.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, will speak at the Capitol to students from Maryland’s Frost Middle School and Wootton High School. Lynne V. Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, will address students in Philadelphia at the National Constitution Center, only a few feet from Independence Hall.

“Our children deserve to know the story of this amazing document,” Mrs. Cheney said.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer’s lesson will be broadcast from Harvard Law School, where he will address constitutional review to Boston students, including those involved in the Young Heroes and City Heroes programs.

“This fine tool will be useful to all Americans,” said Justice Breyer, “but especially here at the court and in similar courts across the country. The more information we have to interpret the Constitution, the better.”

The free Web site, more than two years in the works, will provide a comprehensive collection of roughly 1,000 source documents, including Madison’s handwritten notes from the Constitutional Convention.

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