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Constitution Day: The Constitution of the United States

All about the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The Constitution of the United States

The Constitution of the United 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.   -Preamble to the United States Constitution
The Constitution acted like a colossal merger, uniting a group of states with different interests, laws, and cultures. Under America’s first national  government, the Articles of Confederation, the states acted together only for specific purposes. The Constitution united its citizens as members of a whole, vesting the power of the union in the people. Without it, the American Experiment might have ended as quickly as it had begun.

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Amendments

National Archives

The information on this page was obtained from the National Archives website.

About the Constitution

About the Constitution


 What Does it Say?

The meaning of the document


How Did it Happen?

The history of the document


How Was it Made?

The creation of the parchment document


Who were the framers of the Constitution?

Additional activities and information


How can I visit the Constitution?

The National Archives Museum

 


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The Constitution of the United States Transcript

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