Preamble of the US constitution

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Preamble of the US 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 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.”

Breaking it down

The Preamble is the opening statement to the Constitution. It was written to explain why the Constitution was written. It also explains the reason the Framers made our government a republic. With the Preamble being written, the founding fathers replaced the Articles of Confederation. Together the Preamble and the Constitution took 6 weeks to write. After being written it was sent to be rephrashed, which was overseen by Govenor Morris of Pennsylvania.

What is it?

~We the People, of the United StatesThis means the citizens of the USA. The new form of government may have been drawn up by some of the best- educated men of the new nation, but the rights of Republican government belonged to all.~in Order to form a more perfect Union The Articles of Confederation had many limitations on governing the new nation. In this phrase, the Framers were not stating they were crafting a government and nation that were without flaw; they meant that the new Constitution would produce and uphold a better form of governance than the Articles.~establish JusticeThe reasons for Revolution against England were still very much in the minds of American citizens. Fair trade and fair trial were paramount.~insure domestic TranquilityShays’ Rebellion – an uprising of Massachusetts farmers against the state for repayment of war debts- was one reason the Constitutional Convention was held. Citizens were very concerned with the keeping of peace within our borders.~provide for the common defenceThe possibilities of attacks by other countries was very real. No one state by itself had the military might to defend itself against a large-scale attack. The Framers knew it was necessary for the states to work together to defend the nation.~promote the general WelfareThis clause means the “well-being” of all. It relates back to the previous three clauses: by establishing justice, keeping the peace, and defending the nation, the citizens’ well-being would be taken care of to the best extent possible by a Federal government.~and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our PosterityAmerica had fought long and hard for liberty…freedom from a tyrannical government that imposed unjust laws, and placed the goals of the English Crown above the individual. The purpose of the new Constitution was to protect and maintain those hard-won rights, for our Framers’ generation and all that followed.~do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.This ending clause makes a powerful statement…We the People have made this governing document for Our nation, and it is We the People who give it the power.

Sprucing it up

Preamble of the United States Constitution

Images: [Founding Fathers] Addicting Info. Retrieved 03/31/15 from http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/07/04/35-founding-father-quotes-conservative-christians-will-hate/.Video: [School of Rock: Preamble] Youtube. Retrieved 03/31/15 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30OyU4O80i4.Text: [Preamble] Constitution for kids. Retrieved 03/31/15 from http://const4kids.forums.commonground13.us/?p=19.

MORE INFO!http://www.government-and-constitution.org/us-constitution/preamble-to-the-constitution-for-kids.htm


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