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Quick Facts about the Constitution 📃
- It was written in 1787 at the Philadelphia Convention which was led by George Washington.
- It was signed on September 17, 1787.
- Was not ratified by the necessary nine colonies until 1788.
- The blueprint for democracy in the U.S.
️The Primary Goal of the Constitution ⭕️
- The goal the Constitution was to intertwine the 13 colonies under one law.
- Provided a sense of direction to how the government was going to be divided into 3 branches (checks and balances).
The Preamble 📜
The main purpose of the Constitution is most evident in the Preamble which states:
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
- Explains the legal system of the US and how the citizens can affect it.
- Explains how the federal government will be set up.
The Constitution 🖋
Defines the responsibilities of: 🙌
- Bicameral Congress: Legislative Branch
- President: Head of the Executive Branch
- Supreme Court: Head of the Judicial Branch
Established the Civil Liberties of: 🗣
- Freedom of religion
- Freedom of speech
- Freedom to media access
- Freedom of assembly
- Freedom of petition
States the rights of individuals: 👥
- Right to possess firearms
- Right to question arrests and property seizures without a warrant
- Right to a public trial for criminal offenses
- Right to question excessive bail or unusual punishment
The Constitution is a legal parameter for the government and the states made by the states. It makes sure that no part of the government becomes overpowered and that citizens are protected.