2 PreambleWe the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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.
3 The U.S. Constitution Federalism Separation of Powers Checks and BalancesSeven ArticlesTwenty Seven Amendments – the first ten of which are the Bill of Rights
4 The Articles of the Constitution Article I: The Legislative BranchBicameralSets out terms, selection, apportionmentSection 8Enumerated powers17 clausesImplied powersFinal clause: necessary and proper clause
5 The Articles of the Constitution Article II: The Executive BranchFour year termsQualifications for officeRemovalPowersCommander in ChiefTreatiesAppointmentsAddressing the nation
6 The Articles of the Constitution Article III: the Judicial BranchThe Supreme CourtCongress and the lower courtsJurisdiction
7 The Articles of the Constitution Articles IV through VIIArticle IV: relations among the states and the full faith and credit clauseStates must respect the "public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state."Article V: amending the constitutionArticle VI: supremacy clauseU.S. Constitution, federal statutes, and U.S. Treaties as "the supreme law of the land."Article VII: ratification