Outline of the Constitution and Preamble

The United States
The framework of the
United States government
Preamble – introduction [preview]
p. 102
Article I – Legislative Branch
p. 102
Section 1 – Congress
Section 2 – House of Representatives
• Clause 2 – Qualifications
Section 3 – Senate
p. 103
• Clause 3 – Qualifications
Section 8 – Powers of Congress
p. 105-106
• Clause 18 – Elastic Clause
Section 9 – Powers Denied Congress
Section 10 – Powers Denied States
p. 106-107
p. 107
Article II – Executive Branch
p. 107
Section 1 – The President
p. 107
• Clause 5 – Qualifications
p. 108
Section 2 – Powers of the President
Article III – Judicial Branch
Section 1 – Supreme Court
Section 2 – Powers of the Courts
p. 109
p. 110
Article IV – The States
p. 111
relations to federal government and each other
Article V – Amendment Process
Article VI – National Supremacy
Article VII – Ratification
p. 112
p. 112
p. 113
Bill of Rights: #1-10
First 100 Years: #11-15
Early 20th Century: #16-21
1950-Present: #22-27
p. 114-115
p. 118-121
p. 121-124
“This provision is made in a constitution,
intended to endure for ages to come, and
consequently, to be adapted to the various
crises of human affairs.”
John Marshall
Chief Justice of
the United States
Bill of Rights
Amendment I
Amendment II
Amendment III
Amendment IV
Amendment V
Religion, Speech,
Assembly, Press
Lodging troops
Search, seizure,
Criminal proceedings,
due process
Bill of Rights
Amendment VI
Amendment VII
Amendment VIII
Amendment IX
Amendment X
Criminal proceedings
Jury trial
Bail, cruel-unusual
Unenumerated rights
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The Preamble
An Introduction to the
United States Constitution
and its goals
The Preamble
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.
We the People
reflection of social contract
conscious decision
of the United States
in Order to form
a more perfect Union
strong central government
address weaknesses of Articles of
establish Justice
standardize courts
create a national court system
insure domestic Tranquility
peace throughout the states
provide for the common defense
defense from external enemies
promote the general Welfare
insure quality of living for all
secure the Blessings of Liberty to
ourselves and our Posterity
freedom now and in the future
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