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Copy of The Constitution
Transcript of Copy 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.
The preamble was actually a brief introduction to the rest of the Constitution. It said that the document was written by people, and that the Union would be better under the Constitution than under the Articles. Other than that, the States would need a government of some sort to protect from all the Indians and possibly warring countries abroad. Also, the U.S. citizens didn't want another monarchy, but then again, the Articles had failed, so the type of government going to be made would be federal.
Why the Preamble was put into the Constitution
Sets up the executive branch; it also defines how the president and vice president are elected
Sets up the legislative branch in government/ Congress(made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate)
Sets up and gives power to the judicial branch
Also mentions Treason, punishable by Death
Gives directions on how to admit new states to the Union and tells the relationship between the states and the national government
States that to add an amendment or change to the Constitution, two-thirds of both houses in the Congress have to agree
No one is above the law, including the president
Once the Constitution is ratified by at least 9 states, it takes effect
Freedom of speech, Press, Religion, Petition, Assembly
right to bear arms
no soldier will be quartered without the consent of the owner
Search and seizure
search warrant, Probable Cause
Your Rights when arrested
Remain Silent & Double Jeopardy
Citizenship rights Due Process Clause,
the Equal Protection Clause,
Government gets its powers from states and people
Limits judicial powers
How to choose the president and vice president
Slavery abolished 1865
The right to vote can't be denied, even through race, color, etc.
Gives Congress the power to lay taxes on income
Senators elected by popular vote
Women get the right to vote
Explains the presidential terms, congressional terms, and who to appoint as president if the president dies
Amendment 18 repealed (alcohol is allowed)
Presidential term limits (limits to 2 terms per president)
The Representatives and the Senate vote for the president
Voting age set to 18
Limits changes to congressional $$$$
Rights when you go to court, Jury Trial Right to Speedy Trial, Confrontation of Witnesses
Trial by Jury in Civil Cases
No excessive bail imposed, nor is there any cruel/unusual punishment
ONLY GETS ONE MORE TERM
Poll tax abolished
AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD
LIMITS CHANGES TO
The Bill of Rights was not included in the 1787 Constitution.
The first ten amendments (Bill of Rights) were ratified on December 15, 1791
The First Amendment allows citizens to express and to be exposed to a wide range of opinions and views.
It was intended to ensure a free exchange of
ideas even if the ideas are unpopular.
"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
Major Principles in the Constitution
What is the significance of the Six Big Ideas in the Constitution historically and for Americans today? The Seven Big Ideas are:
separation of powers
checks and balances
Why is the constitution so important?
Why is is consided the model for freedom and democracy?
Why does it inspire so many to quest for our country?
The electors would pick two of these candidates, one for President and one for Vice President.
rights other than the ones listed in the Constitution
are retained by the
1st Amendment video
Should it be changed?
Re-write the first
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Snyder v. Phelps
Therefore, the Court held that the Phelps and his followers were "speaking" on matters of public concern on public property and thus, were entitled to protection under the First Amendment.