The Constitution

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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 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. More about the Preamble.

Quick Links: Full Text Of Articles | Full Text Of Amendments


Continental_Congress_prayerI. The Legislative Branch
II. The Executive Branch
III. The Judicial Branch
IV. States, Citizenship, New States
V. The Amendment Process
VI. Debts, Supremacy, Oaths, Religious Tests
VII. Ratification

The Bill Of Rights


1st Amendment Religion and Free Expression
2nd Amendment Bearing Arms
3rd Amendment Quartering Soldiers
4th Amendment Search and Seizure
5th Amendment Rights of Persons
6th Amendment Rights of Accused in Criminal Prosecutions
7th Amendment Civil Trials
8th Amendment Further Guarantees in Criminal Cases
9th Amendment Unenumerated Rights
10th Amendment Reserved Powers

 Additional Amendments

11th Amendment Suits Against States
12th Amendment Election of President
13th Amendment Slavery and Involuntary Servitude
14th Amendment Rights Guaranteed
15th Amendment Right of Citizens to Vote
16th Amendment Income Tax
17th Amendment Popular Election of Senators
18th Amendment Prohibition of Intoxicating Liquors
19th Amendment Women’s Suffrage Rights
20th Amendment Commencement of the Terms of Office
21st Amendment Repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment
22nd Amendment Presidential Tenure
23rd Amendment Presidential Electors for D.C.
24th Amendment Abolition of the Poll Tax
25th Amendment Presidential Vacancy and Disability
26th Amendment Reduction of the Voting Age
27th Amendment Congressional Pay Limitation