Don't Let the Constitution Overwhelm You
"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." (Preamble to the US Constitution)
Written over 200 years ago, the Constitution of the United States of America remains as the basic foundation of American law, and one of the most influential legal documents ever created. Below, you will find a series of articles dedicated to understanding the US Constitution. For kids, understanding a document of this magnitude may seem like an overwhelming task. What you will find, however, is that each portion of our Constitution was developed with a specific purpose in mind. Ultimately, that purpose is to accomplish what is laid out in the Preamble, as seen above.
Use this guide to delve deeper into the Constitution and its impact on American government and society as we know it today.