An Unabridged Pocket Edition.
This version has:
- The Declaration of Independence
- The U.S. Constitution
- The Bill of Rights
- All 27 Constitutional Amendments
- Text that has been proofread to avoid errors found in other books.
- Properly formatted text.
The Constitution of the United States is the Supreme Law of the United States of America. The Constitution, originally comprising seven articles, delineates the national frame of government. Its first three articles embody the doctrine of the separation of powers, whereby the federal government is divided into three branches.
- Article One, the legislative, consisting of the bicameral Congress,
- Article Two, the executive, consisting of the president;
- Article Three, the judicial, consisting of the Supreme Court and other federal courts.
- Articles Four, Five and Six embody concepts of federalism, describing the rights and responsibilities of state governments, the states in relationship to the federal government, and the shared process of constitutional amendment.
- Article Seven establishes the procedure subsequently used by the thirteen States to ratify it. It is regarded as the oldest written and codified national constitution in force.
Since the Constitution came into force in 1789, it has been amended 27 times, including one amendment that repealed a previous one, in order to meet the needs of a nation that has profoundly changed since the eighteenth century.
The Bill of Rights are the first ten amendments. These amendmanets offer specific protections of individual liberty and justice and place restrictions on the powers of government. These include, Amendment:
- Freedom of Speech, Religion & Press
- Right to Bear Arms
- No Quartering of Soldiers in Homes
- Prohibition Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures
- No Forced Self-Incrimination; Double Jeopardy; Due Process
- Speedy Trial; Right to a Lawyer; Right to Witnesses
- Civil Trials Right to Jury
- No Cruel or Unusual Punishment or Excessive Fines/Bail
- Rights Retained by the People
- Rights Retained by the States
The majority of the seventeen later amendments expand individual civil rights protections. Others address issues related to federal authority or modify government processes and procedures.
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