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1 The United States Constitution The Goals & Principles

2 The U.S. Constitution #1  The Preamble  Seven Articles  Twenty-seven Amendments

3 The Preamble #2 The Preamble #2 It is an introduction to the ConstitutionIt is an introduction to the Constitution It states the goals (purpose) of the ConstitutionIt states the goals (purpose) of the Constitution

4 Goals of the Constitution #3  Form a More Perfect Union –Create a nation where states work together –Interstates, U.S. Currency

5 Goals of the Constitution #3  Establish Justice –Make a nation that is fair –Jury, Court System

6 Goals of the Constitution #3  Insure Domestic Tranquility –Keep peace within the country –National Guard, Federal Marshalls

7 Goals of the Constitution #3  Provide for Common Defense –Safeguard against attacks, protect –Army, Navy

8 Goals of the Constitution #3  Promote General Welfare –Contribute to the well-being of its people –Social Security, Financial Aid

9 Goals of the Constitution #3  Secure the Blessings of Liberty –Protect the great advantages of freedom –Laws, Acts, Commissions

10 Principles of the Constitution #4  Popular Sovereignty Principle of the government where people hold the final authority or power  Limited Government Principle that the government is not all powerful but can do only what the people say it can do  Federalism Division of power between the national and state government

11 Principles of the Constitution continued  Separation of Powers Division of the operations of the national government into three branches, each with its own powers and responsibilities  Checks and Balances Means by which each branch of the national government is able to check, or control, the power of the other two branches

12 Checks and Balances

13 Representative Government: government of elected officials


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