The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
The Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence is a letter to King George of England that said that the thirteen colonies wanted to be independent. The colonies wanted to become the United States of America.The Constitution
The Constitution means a lot to the people of America. It means freedom and America. It is a miracle that we came up with the Constitution because all of the people there actually agreed on two things. Those things were the Constitution and the three branches of the Government. The Constitution was made up of six articles. The government is made up of the three branches. Those branches are the Judicial, the Congress, and the Executive. The executive branch has the President and the Vice President. The Judicial is made up of The Supreme Court. The Congress is made up of the house of representatives and The Senate.
The Preamble to the Constitution
The preamble states why the Constitution was written. Here are the real words of the Preamble, click on the words to read our own version of what we think it means.
The Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights are the first ten amendments to the Constitution. They are meant to protect the rights of all Americans.
|Amendment 1: Freedom of Speech
People can say whatever they want without being jailed or prosecuted.
|Amendment 2: Right to Bear Arms
People can keep guns in their homes for safety and hunting.
|Amendment 3 and 4:
Your home cannot be searched without a warrant. Soldiers cannot stay in your home without permission even during a war.
|Amendment 5, 6, 7 and 8:
People are innocent of a crime until a trial is held with evidence against them. Every person has the right to a fast trial. If a person can't afford a lawyer, the government will find a lawyer for them.
All Americans have basic rights, even if they aren't in the Constitution.
The governments powers are all listed in the Constitution. The people and the states have all other powers.