2The Constitution was written in 1787 by 55 men we call the Framers of the Constitution.These men includedGeorge Washington and Ben Franklin.
3This is the Preamble (or introduction) of the Constitution.
4This is the actual Constitution of the United States.
5What is the Constitution? The Constitution says how the government works. It creates the President. It creates the Congress. It creates the Supreme Court.
6BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT U.S. ConstitutionBalance of PowerBRANCHES OF GOVERNMENTLEVELS OF GOVERNMENTLegislativeExecutiveJudicialFederalSupreme CourtPresidentSenateStateVice PresidentFederal CourtsHouse ofRepresentativesLocalCabinetState CourtsDIVISIONS OF POWERSCHECKS AND BALANCES
7Laws Separation of Powers Executive Carries Out Judicial Legislative InterpretsLegislativemakes
9The Federal Capital Building Legislative BranchHouse of RepresentativesThe SenateThe Federal Capital BuildingMakes the Law
10Executive Branch Carries out the Law Chief Executive Chief of State President’s 5 RolesChief ExecutiveChief of StateChief DiplomatCommander-in-Chief of the MilitaryLegislative leaderThe White HouseCarries out the Law
11Establish foreign policy Create & maintain armed forces Coin money The Federal SystemSome of the PowersDelegated to theNational GovernmentEstablish foreign policyCreate & maintain armed forcesCoin moneyDeclare WarAdmit new statesCreate federal courtsEstablish postal offices
12Establish & maintain schools Establish local governments The Federal SystemSome of the PowersReserved to StatesEstablish & maintain schoolsEstablish local governmentsMake laws about marriage & divorceConduct electionsProvide for public safety
13By National and State Governments The Federal SystemPowers SharedBy National and State GovernmentsRaise taxesCharter banksBorrow moneyAdminister criminal justiceProvide for public welfare
14The law is the set of rules that we live by. The Constitution is the highest law.It belongs to the United States.It belongs to all Americans.
15The Constitution, which is over 200 years old, can be seen in Washington, D.C.
16The Writers and Signers of the Constitution Our Founding Fathers