U.S. Constitution

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  • The U.S. Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia
  • The Constitution of the U.S. is the first Constitution of its kind it is also one of the oldest National Constitution and the shortest
  • The U.S. Constitution was amended twenty-seven times
  • Delaware was the first to approve it
  • The U.S. Constitution was approved by nine states on June 21, 1788
  • The Constitution states that the USA will be a republic with an elected President.
  • The seven Articles show the national frame of Government
  • The First ten amendments are called The Bill of Rights and were added in 1791
  • The Articles of the Constitution talk about the duties of the main parts of Government.
  • The Articles also talk about the Separate Powers of the Federal Government and State Government.
  • The division of the government into three branches is an example of separation of power which is the idea that the huge power of a government should be split into independent groups, so that any one group cannot have too much power
  • The Bill of Rights preserve the rights of the people including freedom of speech and Religion
  • The Federal Government was divided into three branches
  • Legislative Government (Bicameral Congress) which makes the national laws and consists of Congress -- the House of Representatives and the Senate
  • Executive (President)
  • Judicial (Supreme Court and Other Federal Court)
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