Parts of the Constitution

Parts of the Constitution

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  • Lonal D Sanders U. S. Government Unit 1 Project Part 2
  • The U. S. Constitution is the document that established the US government. It tells how the government is organized, and explains the basic rights of US citizens. The U. S. Constitution has 3 basic parts: The Preamble The Articles, and the Amendments.
  • The first part of the constitution is the preamble. The preamble explains the goals of the constitution.
  • We the People  of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, 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. 
  • It has been more than 225 years since the Constitution was ratified. In that time there have been twenty-seven changes or additions to it. These changes are called Amendments.  The Amendments make up the third part of the Constitution. The first ten are called the Bill of Rights.
  • Article 1 - Explains the Legislative Branch of government.  It sets up congress to make laws. It divides congress into the Senate and The House of Representatives.  It details how the members of congress are elected. It also explains what powers congress has and limits those powers.
  • Amendment 27- deals with pay raises or decreases for members of Congress. Salary changes must take effect after the next term of office. So, another election would have happen before a pay raise can take effect
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