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Awakenings: Little Ice Age: Wine-making, Beer & Stradivarious

Awakenings: Little Ice Age: Wine-making, Beer & Stradivarious | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

While a potpourri of information exists concerning the "Little Ice Age," interestingly enough are the effects this age had on wine-making, beer and the master violin, the Stradivarious. Out of this period of gloom and doom extending from the early 14th to the middle of the 19th centuries (approx. 1350 - 1850) came incredible benefits.

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History reveals knowledge behind what is enjoyed today. Marvel in its stories, revel in its outcomes! 
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The little ice age is one of those periods of time that is exceptionally important historically and culturally, but barely known to anyone who isn't an acual history buff. Starting in the 1300s along with the Plague, it changed the face of Western Civilization, forcing nations to create central government for the first time. It makes fascinating readin!

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Awakenings: Say it for America

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"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word:

freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."

—Winston Churchill (1874–1965)

 
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Poetry, quotation ... America as she could be and ought to be.

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Service Without Question

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Here we are in the month of September anticipating the splendid changes within nature's landscapes...the season when crispness of the air infiltrates our nostrils while visions of majestic changes in color mesmerize our senses. Yet, it has not always been this way during the autumnal season. Nor is it so pleasant for all everywhere at this time. While peace exists on this earth, somewhere there is war.

Our history and ancestry are filled with times of war. Biblical war. Civil war. World war. Cold war. Unnecessary war. War is WAR! War is hell. So many lives taken. Young. Old. Age knows no boundaries when it comes to war. The visions of war are woven with bloody images and broken bone. Within battlefields reside ghosts of our ancestry.
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While the American Revolutionary War created America, the Civil war of 1861-1865 determined the kind of nation America would be.
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Double the Pleasure...Seafood, that is!

Double the Pleasure...Seafood, that is! | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

"Double celebrations are always an added plus but when both are seafood, they become even better! Then, when one seafood is crab and the other lobster...well, what can I say, other than oh, my! scrumptious! Bring 'em on!

September 25 is... 

Crab Meat Newburg Day & National Lobster Day"

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Whichever route you choose to celebrate, crab or lobster (maybe both), check out the recipe ideas to prepare and share with friends and family! Bon Appetit!
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Being Jubilant!

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What are your first thoughts when you hear the word jubilee? Jump for joy? A celebration? An anniversary? Think food! Jubilee Chicken? Nope. Jubilee Punch? No, again. Stay focused on food, not drink. Royal Jubilee Trifles? Not this one either. Diamond Jubilee Strawberry Crumble Crunch? Sounds good and we will be adding fruit but not strawberries. Give up? OK...let's get on with the jubilee of the day.

September 24 is...

National Cherries Jubilee Day
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Cherries jubilee is a classic flambé dessert made with cherries and liqueur (typically kirsch or brandy), served over vanilla ice cream.
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Comfort Food Classic

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Are you ready for one of America's comfort food classics? Fall is just around the corner and comfort foods are already appearing on the lunch and dinner menus. Of course, most American comfort foods are enjoyed any time of the year, such as peanut butter, ice cream, fried chicken, French fries, biscuits & gravy, soup, pie, and today's always-a-favorite comfort food classic.

September 23 is...
National Great American Pot Pie Day
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National Great American Pot Pie Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, was created in 2002 by the pot pie and frozen food company Marie Callender’s. While you may not have a frozen pot pie on hand, there is definitely the possibility you have leftovers in the frig you simply do not want to go to waste. Check out the recipes @Awakenings...
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Autumnal Equinox

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"It is official...Goodbye, Summer—Hello, Fall! September 22, 2016 marks the Autumnal Equinox!

Equinoxes are opposite on either side of the equator, so the autumnal (fall) equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is the spring (vernal) equinox in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.


Celebrate with some of your favorite fall activities! Go apple picking, get out into nature, or simply get together with friends to enjoy their company. Speaking of getting into nature, make the Falling Leaves of Autumn an exciting time!"

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With the first full day of the fall season soon to be in full swing, get ready for changing leaves, cooler weather, and all things autumn. Meteorologically speaking, fall began on September 1, but the fall equinox marks the astronomical start of the season.
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Three's a Charm!

Three's a Charm! | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

"With at least 365 reasons to celebrate, not a single day goes by in a calendar year without something different being on the calendar each one of those days. The number of actual celebrations add to a number greater than 365 since some days boast more than one observance. A 'more than one' celebration is ready to be fulfilled! Just be sure not to stop with the first one!

September 22 is...
National White Chocolate Day, Ice Cream Cone Day and Family Day!"

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One day of celebration is wonderful but three in one day is awesome! Call for family time and have everyone enjoy a cone of white chocolate ice cream.
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Traitor!

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Today's history Lesson...Benedict Arnold

When someone refers to a person as a 'Benedict Arnold', that individual is definitely NOT receiving a compliment. The connotation by which this reference is targeting goes back to the year 1780, that's 236 years! In other words, the time is during the Revolutionary War only four years after America became an independent nation. The intended outcome: money and high position.

This Day in History: September 21, 1780
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Beware the 'Benedict Arnolds' alive and well in the 21st century, those who sell out joining the forces of a stronger side of a situation out of fear, not honor. These persons are unhappy with the sound, solid foundation upon which America was built.
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♫Teenybopper Sensations♫

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"The Beatles dominated the music industry of the 60s. It is not surprising that many bands tried to fashion themselves after the greatest and most influential act of the rock era. One such band appeared for a brief but fervent period (nicknamed "Rollermania") in the 70s. They were worldwide teen idols. According to the BBC they sold 70 million records.

Today in Music History: September 20

Welcome into the Spotlight...The Bay City Rollers"

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As an enormous heartthrob phenomenon in the UK, the Bay City Rollers had their audience mesmerized. Scotland's tartan-clad teeny bopper sensations every move was greeted with the same hype as that which was encountered during the days of Beatlemania.
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Apple time!

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One of the American Classics - Apple Pie...or anything with apples for that matter!! The apple is good any day any time. Bobbing apples at Halloween. Candied apples at the carnival. Apple pancakes or apple dumplings for breakfast. Slices of apple with cheddar cheese at snack time. Apple cobbler for dessert after dinner on a fall evening. Oh, my! The list could go on and on and on. Ready for an apple or apple something?

September 20 is...
Eat an Apple Day
Sharla Shults's insight:
You know the saying, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away?" Well, it's true. Apples have high nutritional value and are an extremely healthy snack. The peel alone contains antioxidants that help reduce damaged cells and fight diseases. Apples are also fat, sodium, and cholesterol free. That’s almost reason enough to love apples!
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The Cutting Edge of a Botched Duel

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Today's History Lesson...the Old West

The Old West, aka the Wild West, was an awesome period in American history. Out of the days of the old West came invention after invention, adaptations toward modernization and the beginning of technological advances that changed farming altogether. When the Old West comes up in conversation, however, there is sure to be mention of the outlaws, cowboys and Indians, their knives, guns (handguns and rifles), bows and arrows, along with the many battles fought, lost and won.

This Day in Old West History: September 19, 1827
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The cutting edge on this day in history is the blade of a famous Bowie knife used as a result of a botched duel known as the Sandbar Fight. The fight took place outside Natchez, Mississippi on September 19, 1827 becoming the first time this knife was used in any fight. The duel is quite an interesting story to the amazement of all present, Jim Bowie survived to continue improving the design features of the Bowie knife.
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♫Would you recognize them without makeup?♫

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Today in Music History: September 18

Spotlight on...KISS | In 1973, the hard rock band KISS forms in New York City well known for its outrageous face paint. Each member represents a character. Simmons is The Demon, Frehley is The Spaceman, Stanley is The Star Child, Criss is The Cat, and Carr was The Fox. Vincent briefly wore makeup with an Ankh design in his early concerts with the group. The band name made for lots of speculation, the most popular being "Knights In Satan's Service." The truth is much more mundane: Paul Stanley came up with the name and the others loved it. Peter Criss explained in a 1977 Marvel profile, "It really means a lot. It's the first thing you do to a chick or anybody. It could also be the kiss of death. It's a strong word. It's easy to remember."

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Most music critics hated the band. They are not considered great musicians, but are known for their live performances, which their core fans, The KISS Army, loves. In 1977, Kiss was named the most popular band in America in a Gallup Poll. Go figure! Kiss was eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 15 years before they finally were inducted in 2014.
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Burger, burger...this time with CHEESE!

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"WOW! What is it with all the burger days? Of course, the answer to that question is simple: because they are so-o-o-o-o-o-o-o good! During the month of May, you could have indulged on any day since it was National Hamburger Month. Then, you were encouraged on May 28th to Have it your way! on National Hamburger Day in National Hamburger Month. According to wikipedia, May 28th is International Hamburger Day and August 27th is National Burger Day. That gave you a choice or you could have simply celebrated on both days since you may have been eating burgers all month anyway. Whew! May 28th is also designated as National Burger Day in the UK, which was launched in 2013.

September 18 is not another burger day for you to Bite my...burger! It's...National Cheeseburger Day"

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Burger, burger...this time with CHEESE! Harumph, harumph! As though we left it off on the other days. Right! Of course, there are those of you out there in burger land that simply prefer the good ol' juicy plain burger. Nothing wrong with that! Now, let's get on with the celebration.
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Legend of the Apple

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America loves apples: the state fruit of New York, Vermont and Washington is the red apple along with the state muffin of New York being the apple muffin, the state beverage of New Hampshire being apple cider and the state pie of Vermont boasting scrumptious apple pie; Minnesota, the Honeycrisp apple; Illinois, the GoldRush Apple; Rhode Island, the greening apple; West Virginia, the Golden Delicious apple, and the state flower of Michigan and Arkansas is the apple blossom. Where there are blossoms, there will surely be apples! It is really not surprising that the apple appears yet once again, this time related to legend.

September 26 is...

Johnny Appleseed Day
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Johnny Appleseed definitely was a person (September 26, 1774 - March 11, 1845)...a generous and well-traveled individual. As Johnny Appleseed traveled west, he planted apple trees along the way, and sold trees to settlers. With every apple tree that was planted, the legend grew.
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Pow! Slap! Whack! Zonk!

Pow! Slap! Whack! Zonk! | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
With rapid changes in technological resources running rampant, the days of the comic book are pretty much in the past. In fact, by the latter part of the 20th century, they had already become matters of note as collectible items. For those of us growing up during the Golden Age of Comic Books, we will always remember Superman, Batman, Captain America, Wonder Woman, and Captain Marvel. So, let's celebrate!

September 25 is...


National Comic Book Day
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One of the entertaining aspects of the comic book are the printed word sound effects. These are used at strategic points throughout the book. The villain might get punched in the nose (Pow!), struck across the face (Slap!), hit on the head (Whack!), fall down a flight of stairs (Zonk!), etc.
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The Last Wig

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"Today's History Lesson...the Supreme Court

When it comes to appearing in court, there is one considered the court of last resort. This is the place where the ultimate decision is made, the highest judicial body in the United States. Under Article III of the U.S. Constitution is the establishment of the federal judiciary.


"The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish."

 
This Day in History: September 24, 1789"

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When the first session of the Court convened in 1790, the tradition of justices wearing wigs still lingered. Justice William Cushing was the only justice to arrive at the court wearing the white wig he had worn on the Massachusetts bench. The ribbing he took from boys outside the court apparently turned the tide against the headgear, and he took the advice of Thomas Jefferson: “For heaven’s sake, discard the monstrous wig which makes the English judges look like rats peeping through bunches of oakum.”
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♫Old Songs vs. New Songs♫

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"There are old songs and there are new songs. As music has evolved Through the Centuries, somewhere along the way the quality seems to have lost its way. Of course, that is all dependent upon how one truly defines music. There will always be the 'hits' that make one wonder WHY? HOW? Who paid who so to speak. Then, there are the classics. The songs that never die.

Today in Music History: September 23"

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Overall, music will continue to change...not necessarily for the better or worse. Sometimes it just takes a little more digging, fine tune listening, to truly find the gems that will last and last...at least in the scrapbook of the mind.
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♫Eventful Music♫

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There is service to country and service to others. Within the music industry are moments accountable, as well as unaccountable, but what we hold dear to our hearts are the events that make humanitarian connections. Often live performances are directed toward a specific and immediate crisis. Objectives are multi-fold: raising awareness about a specific issue, uplifting a nation after disaster, raising funds, which all fall under volunteering to a greater cause.

Today in Music History: September 22
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Featuring Elvis Presley (50s), The Springfields & Herman's Hermits (60s), The Rolling Stones & Gary Numan (70s), John Waite (80s), Garth Brooks & Bryan Adams (90s) plus tidbits of music trivia for fun!
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Falling Leaves of Autumn

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AUTUMN! WHAT A FANTASTIC TIME OF THE YEAR!

Get ready! Get set!
Thursday, September 22
The First Day of Autumn (Autumnal Equinox) 2016
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The hours and days of summer relaxation have come to an end. But, the ending of summer signifies changes in seasons and anticipation of crisp, cool mornings, the bursting forth of bright oranges, reds and yellows as leaves intensify in brilliance during their own change. Within this anticipation is yet another eager time of awakening. The change in color announces the coming of falling leaves.
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♫Mood-altering Music♫

♫Mood-altering Music♫ | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
The impact of music never wanes. Melodies and harmonies move up and down, in and out, all around the body and mind wavering within our emotional being. This song we love, that song we hate. Another one ignites our energy, while yet another stills the heart. Each carries with it ties that bind the past, present and future with the ability to alter our moods at any moment.

Today in Music History: September 21
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Listen to the tunes, cherish the memories, laugh at the trivia!
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Cookies! The nuttier, the better!

Cookies! The nuttier, the better! | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Cookies are one of the world's greatest sweet morsels - bite-by-bite sheer deliciousness! Chocolate chip cookies. Sugar cookies. Peanut butter cookies. Double chocolate cookies. Oatmeal cookies. Lemon, apple-cherry, blueberry-and-cream, raspberry delight, any fruit you like cookies! Just the beginning of endless possibilities. Toss in the world's greatest nut, the pecan, and ooh la la, the nuttier, the better! Butter pecan, caramel pecan, orange pecan, maple pecan (just to name a few) become cookies a-la-oh-my-gosh crunchy goodness! Let's celebrate!

September 21 is...

National Pecan Cookie Day
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With National Pecan Cookie Day comes the opportunity to bake a delicious batch of homemade pecan cookies. While preparing the cookies, bits of the tasty little pecans just might find their way first onto the hand, then, into the mouth. And, don't forget the tastiness of the cookie dough. Maybe even stir a spoonful into a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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♫Name the Mugshots, Listen to the Music♫

♫Name the Mugshots, Listen to the Music♫ | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Today we are going to begin our music history with something different. A connection will be made to the yardbirds below and a group that started recording in 1965 under the name The Yardbirds. How cool when history presents itself in an unexpected manner! You might be dating yourself by the number of mugshots you recognize but it is all in the name of fun!

Today in Music History: September 20

I Fought The Law  (but the law won), name the mugshots...
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Begin this post with a little fun and test your musician memory then enjoy the music and music trivia!
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♫The Rhythm of Life♫

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The rhythm of life is music in its own right. Different rhythms compose our dance through life. Moody tempos may reflect boogie-woogie, tango or a slow waltz. While we may not be on the dance floor swaying back and forth to the rhythms of a live band, our thoughts and emotions still dance to the music.

Today in Music History: September 19
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When life is sizzling and upbeat, it's time to Rock 'n' Roll! No time to fantasize, just energize! Put some pep in your step and get rockin'!
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A school lunchbox favorite...

A school lunchbox favorite... | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Did you find pudding in your school lunchbox or do you put pudding packs in your kid's lunchbox? After all, it is a staple when growing up. In years' past, it was not an everyday item but instead a special treat where at first sight of a tiny little spoon you knew what was awaiting your taste's pleasure.

September 19 is...

National Butterscotch Pudding Day
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Butterscotch is a type of confectionery basically made with boiling sugar syrup, butter, cream and lemon (recipes do vary). There are several theories on the name and origin of the candy. One is its obvious connection to the country of Scotland. Buttery toffee is sometimes called butterscotch. (Source: History of Butterscotch)
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Historical Trivia: Visions of the Future

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Amazement sets in when we see images of the past depicting the future, especially when some of the ideas aren't too far off the mark. A set of 19th century postcards has revealed what French artists thought would be happening at the turn of the 21st century. The set of postcards, produced between 1899 and 1910, predict what life might be like in Paris in the year 2000. The year 2000 may now be history (hard to believe it has already been 14 years since the initial celebration of the new millennium) but stepping back in time is always fascinating. There are some fairly bizarre scenes that have not come to fruition—no one has yet invented a flying fireman, or started playing croquet underwater—but whose to say they are not on someone's drawing board somewhere.
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It is indeed amazing how the imaginative mind works then and now! What is truly phenomenal is how far we have advanced since the beginning of the 20th century, even way beyond the scope of some of the pictures. Technology, science and inventions progressed at an accelerated rate during the hundred years of the 20th century, more so than any other century. Gee! Really makes one wonder what life will be like at the turn of the 22nd century!
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We the People...

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Today's History Lesson...US Constitution

The document begins We the people of the United States...which is understandably familiar, affirming that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens. What lies in the middle is supreme law delineating our national frame of government. It also has greatly influenced the constitutions of other nations. You live in America. You follow the laws of the nation (lest you end up behind bars) but question is...How much do you really know about the US Constitution?

This Day in History: September 17, 1787
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Today marks 227 years since 39 people gathered in a room and signed the United States Constitution, which is the supreme law of the United States of America. It is the oldest written national constitution still in force anywhere in the world. While it is not a "perfect" document, set your mind to the possibility of it not being set in place and by the way, vanquish the Bill of Rights at the same time.
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