2 The Constitution was written in 1787 by 55 men we call the Framers of the Constitution.These men includedGeorge Washington and Ben Franklin.
3 This is the Preamble (or introduction) of the Constitution.
4 This is the actual Constitution of the United States.
5 What is the Constitution? The Constitution says how the government works. It creates the President. It creates the Congress. It creates the Supreme Court.
6 BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT U.S. ConstitutionBalance of PowerBRANCHES OF GOVERNMENTLEVELS OF GOVERNMENTLegislativeExecutiveJudicialFederalSupreme CourtPresidentSenateStateVice PresidentFederal CourtsHouse ofRepresentativesLocalCabinetState CourtsDIVISIONS OF POWERSCHECKS AND BALANCES
7 Laws Separation of Powers Executive Carries Out Judicial Legislative InterpretsLegislativemakes
9 The Federal Capital Building Legislative BranchHouse of RepresentativesThe SenateThe Federal Capital BuildingMakes the Law
10 Executive 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
11 Establish 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
12 Establish & 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
13 By National and State Governments The Federal SystemPowers SharedBy National and State GovernmentsRaise taxesCharter banksBorrow moneyAdminister criminal justiceProvide for public welfare
14 The 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.
15 The Constitution, which is over 200 years old, can be seen in Washington, D.C.
16 The Writers and Signers of the Constitution Our Founding Fathers