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The Constitution

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It has become customary to display replicas of our country's founding documents including The Constitution in libraries and offices at home and at work. This is done in recognition of the important principles that are the basis for the establishment of our form of government. The presence of this document in your home will stimulate conversations and discussion to aid full appreciation of the importance of this founding document to the survival of our great Nation.

The Constitution Is Our Rule Of Law

The United States Constitution is the framework for our government. It lays out the principles of our republic placing everyone including our rulers under the law. Most recently, U. S. citizens were directly exposed to the importance of our Constitution in defining "The Rule of Law" during The 2000 Presidential Election.

Background

In 1781 the original 13 states signed the Articles of Confederation. This action formally established The Federal Government. Weaknesses in The Articles of Confederation were debated over time and by 1786 that feeling became strong enough that every state but Rhode Island voted in favor of a Constitutional Convention. The Convention was held in May 1787 in Philadelphia. After much discussion and debate the Constitution was ratified by all States in June 1788.

The world watched as our Founding Fathers debated the issues associated with forming our Federal Government. The seriousness and importance of this endeavor was recognized; in Alexander Hamilton's words:

It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force.1

From October 27, 1787 to May 28, 1788 there were 85 Federalist papers written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay. The United States Supreme Court uses these papers to this day to aid in interpretation of our Constitution. 

Further Study

So what are the Principles of government defined by our Constitution? If you would like to study this in more detail, please visit the Emory University School of Law Web Site or the National Archives Web Site. Use your browser's back button to return. The Federalist papers serve as a record of much of the discussion surrounding the writing of The Declaration, The Constitution and The Bill of Rights.

Additional Web Sites 

http://www.usconstitution.net 
http://www.constitution.org/ 
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Credits

1 Hamilton, Alexander. The Federalist No. 1. 1787. E-Text. Emory University School of Law. URL: http://www.law.emory.edu/

 

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