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The U.S. Constitution

After more than 100 years of oppression by the British monarchy, the colonists set forth on a journey that has now spanned nearly 225 years. Working feverishly the fathers of our country emerged from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia with a Constitution in hand.

The preamble to the constitution is the mortar of American society. Its words powerfully claim the independence of the United States.

"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."

This was the foundation of a government that placed the people, seemingly in the highest position of authority, over all branches of government.

A young nation with confused loyalties was suddenly faced with a constitution that needed ratification, an approval that would come through the people elected officials of each state.



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