Our guest today is Juliette Turner. Juliette’s 14, and she was inspired to write a book about the United States Constitution for elementary and middle-school students after her mom read the entire Constitution to her when she was just 11. Juliette, welcome to the program.
Thanks so much for having me. It’s wonderful to be on.
What is it about the Constitution that gives you such a strong desire to share its truths with others?
Well, as you mentioned earlier, you said that my mother sat down with me on the hammock, and she read the Constitution to me. And this was really a pivotal point in my life, because I began to realize how important our Constitution is to preserving our country and our foundation of government. And when I asked kids my age, “What’s the Constitution mean to you?” if they know anything they say, “Oh! Freedom of speech!” And that is a vital part of our Constitution, however, the Constitution is also the foundation of our government, and if we did not have the Constitution we would not have our republican form of government and our checks and balances and our different branches of government that would ensure our freedom and liberty. And so the Constitution is just so important to our everyday lives.
Well, Juliette, after spending about two decades of teaching young people the Constitution, it is really exciting to hear a young person so on fire for the truths of the Constitution. I’m Mike Farris.