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The Constitution of the United States of America

Updated on September 7, 2013


For 223 years, the Constitution of the United States has been our rule of law. It is the longest lived and most emulated legal document that still outlines and defines a society. The Constitution gives the power of ownership to the People among the several states. On September 17th 1787 a more perfect Union was adopted and its Preamble and Articles have not changed.

Of the 200 Amendments proposed, at the time, 12 were accepted and 10 were ratified by the thirteen states. The 11th, of the 12 Amendments, was ratified into law 207 years after it was proposed. To date, 11,000 Amendments have been proposed, 27 were ratified, and only one has been repealed. All of this action regarding the Constitution makes it a living document. The Constitution of the United States of America, and the ideals for which it stands, must be protected and preserved for ourselves, our posterity, and for humanity.

The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America

We the People of the United States of America, 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.

The Articles to the Constitution of the United States of America

Article I: (Legislative Branch)

- Section 1. Legislative Powers

- Section 2. House of Representatives

- Section 3. The Senate

- Section 4. Congressional Elections: Times, Manner, and Places

- Section 5. Powers and duties of the Houses

- Section 6. Rights of Members

- Section 7. Legislative Powers: Bills and Regulations

- Section 8. The Powers of Congress

- Section 9. The Powers Denied to Congress

- Section 10. Those Powers Denied to States

Article II: (Executive Branch)

- Section 1. The Nature and Scope of Presidential Power

- Section 2. Powers off the President

- Section 3. Duties of the President

- Section 4. Impeachment

Article III (Judicial Branch)

- Section 1. Judicial Powers, Courts, and Judges

- Section 2. Jurisdiction

- Section 3. Treason

Article IV (Relations among the States)

- Section 1. Full Faith and Credit

- Section 2. Treatment of Citizens

- Section 3. Admission of States

- Section 4. Republican form of Government

Article V (Methods of Amendment)

Article VI (National Supremacy)

Article VII (Ratification)



1. American Government and Politics Today: The Essentials; Bards / Shelley / Schmidt / Gerston / Christensen; 2006 / 2007 CA Ed; pp. 61-71

(c) 2006 Wadsworth; Student Edition: ISBN 0-534-61735-2

2. The CONSTITUTION of the United States with Index and The Declaration of Independence ; 105th CONGRESS 1st SESSION/SENATE DOCUMENT 105-11; [DOCID: f:sd011.105] From the Senate Documents Online via GPO Access []; Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence, Pocket Edition; TEXT Version:

The Amendments to the United States Constitution

The Bill of Rights:

Amendment 1. Freedom of Speech, of the Press, of Religion, of Assembly, and the right to Petition.

Amendment 2. The Militia and the Right to Keep and Bear arms.

Amendment 3. The Quartering of Soldiers.

Amendment 4. Searches and Seizures.

Amendment 5. Grand Juries, Self-Incrimination, Double Jeopardy, Due Process of Law, and Eminent Domain.

Amendment 6. Criminal Court Procedures.

Amendment 7. Trial by Jury in Civil Cases.

Amendment 8. Bail, Cruel and Unusual Punishment.

Amendment 9. The Rights Retained by the People.

Amendment 10. Reserved Powers of the States.

Other Amendments:

Amendment 11. Suits against States.

Amendment 12. Election of the President.

Amendment 13. Prohibition of Slavery.

Amendment 14. Citizenship, Due Process and Equal Protection.

Amendment 15. The Right to Vote.

Amendment 16. Income Taxes.

Amendment 17. The Popular Election of Senators.

Amendment 18. Prohibition.

Amendment 19. Woman's Right to Vote.

Amendment 20. The Lame Duck Amendment.

Amendment 21. The Repeal of Prohibition.

Amendment 22. Limitation of Presidential Terms.

Amendment 23. Presidential Electors for District of Columbia.

Amendment 24. The Anti-Poll Tax.

Amendment 25. Presidential Disability and Vice Presidential Vacancies.

Amendment 26. The Eighteen-Year-Old Right to Vote.

Amendment 27. Congressional Pay.

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    • lyinseeker profile image

      lyinseeker 5 years ago

      @KandDMarketing: In my opinion, the Constitution of the United States is the most important document in history of humanity.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Amazing document by our founding fathers. :)

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      KandDMarketing 5 years ago

      The Constitution of The United States Of America was and still remains the most important document in American History. it is too bad we have a political system that is bent on destroying it's worth. Thank you for the great lens!

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      The Constitution is an amazing document. :)

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      lyinseeker 6 years ago

      @Chris-H LM: I did not see any mention of the Iriquois Confederation. Thanks for posting the URL though.

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      Chris-H LM 6 years ago

      How odd! Not an hour ago I was just on a website reading through historical documents leading up to and including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America.

      The site was at Yale. I found it fascinating because it included notes of people who were there at the time.

      Here is the website:


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      lyinseeker 6 years ago

      Thank you Sandy. I'm currently working on outlining the U.S. Declaration of Independence. It will be posted in time for Independence Day. Now if only I gan get September 17th to be declared a National Holiday. Constitution Day sounds about right to me.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      The is a great day to read a lens like this. Very nice.