September 25, 2010
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Greg O’Brien, Ph.D., associate professor of history at the
University of North Carolina at Greensboro lectured on the
Constitution at Shawnee State University, Friday, Sept. 17,
Constitution Day. He spoke on “The Constitutional Crisis of
Indian Removal: Politics and Justifications.”Shawnee State University
has Sixth Annual Constitution Day Lecture
In the new East Sodexo Ballroom at Shawnee State University
packed with nearly 200 people, Greg O’Brien, Ph.D.,
associate professor of history at the University of North
Carolina at Greensboro lectured on the Constitution on
Friday, Sept. 17, Constitution Day. He spoke on “The
Constitutional Crisis of Indian Removal: Politics and
O’Brien received his Ph.D. in American History from the
University of Kentucky in1998. In addition, his research
includes ethnohistory, American Indians, American
environmental history, American Revolution and early U.S.
Constitution Day or Citizenship Day is an American federal
observance that recognizes the ratification of the United
States constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens.
It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S.
Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.
The law establishing the holiday was created in 2004 with
the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the
Omnibus spending bill of 2004.
Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as
“Citizenship Day.” In addition to renaming the holiday
“Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” the act mandates
that all publicly funded educational institutions provide
educational programming on the history of the American
constitution on that day.
In May 2005, the United States Department of Education
announced the enactment of this law and that it would apply
to any school receiving federal funds of any kind. This
holiday is not observed by granting time off work for