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  United States House of Representatives - Amendments to the Constitution
The fourteenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States was proposed to the legislatures of the several States by the Thirty-ninth Congress, on the 13th of June, 1866.
The twenty-first amendment to the Constitution was proposed to the several states by the Seventy-Second Congress, on the 20th day of February, 1933, and was declared, in a proclamation by the Secretary of State, dated on the 5th day of December, 1933, to have been ratified by 36 of the 48 States.
This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states within seven years from the date of its submission to the states by the Congress.
www.house.gov /Constitution/Amend.html   (2589 words)

  
 The Avalon Project : The American Constitution - A Documentary Record
Ratification of the Constitution by the State of Maryland; April 28, 1788.
Ratification of the Constitution by the State of Virginia; June 26, 1788.
Resolution of the Congress, of September 13, 1788, Fixing Date for Election of a President, and the Organization of the Government Under the Constitution, in the City of New York.
www.yale.edu /lawweb/avalon/constpap.htm   (801 words)

  
 [RegentsPrep U.S. History] Government: Introduction
Focuses on the dynamics of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in Philadelphia, the differing point of view and eventual compromises that gave birth to the document itself.
The Constitution does not outline the specific ways in which equality is to be defined, be it social, economic or political.
The Constitution as a "living document" with the ability to amend and be reinterpreted to meet changing times.
regentsprep.org /Regents/ushisgov/themes/government/index.htm   (756 words)

  
 The Constitution of the United States of America
The migration or importation of such persons as any of the states now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a tax or duty may be imposed on such importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each person.
The ratification of the conventions of nine states, shall be sufficient for the establishment of this Constitution between the states so ratifying the same.
The judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by citizens of another state, or by citizens or subjects of any foreign state.
www.midnightbeach.com /jon/US-Constitution.htm   (4025 words)

  
 U.S. CONSTITUTION
The Constitution was subsequently ratified by Virginia, June 25, 1788; New York, July 26, 1788; North Carolina, November 21, 1789; Rhode Island, May 29, 1790; and Vermont, January 10, 1791.
On the 25th of May, seven States having convened, George Washington, of Virginia, was unanimously elected President, and the consideration of the proposed constitution was commenced.
On the 17th of September, 1787, the Constitution as engrossed and agreed upon was signed by all the members present, except Mr.
www.house.gov /Constitution/Constitution.html   (3104 words)

  
 Constitution Society Home Page
The Constitution Society is a private non-profit organization dedicated to research and public education on the principles of constitutional republican government.
This organization was founded in response to the growing concern that noncompliance with the Constitution for the United States of America and most state constitutions is creating a crisis of legitimacy that threatens freedom and civil rights.
We maintain that the principles of constitutional republicanism are universal, and applicable to all nations, although not well understood or upheld by most.
www.constitution.org   (859 words)

  
 Amendment XII: Senate, Amendment to the Constitution
It is upon these principles our Constitution is founded; it is for these words that the provision is made in the Constitution itself for its own amendment; and it is not compatible with reason, or with the principles of the Constitution, to commit anything to capricious fortune, in which reason and human rights are concerned.
The Constitution is nicely balanced, with the federative and popular principles; the Senate are the guardians of the former, and the House of Representatives of the latter; and any attempts to destroy this balance, under whatever specious names or pretences they may be presented, should be watched with a jealous eye.
The Constitution is of recent date; it was formed by the mutual concessions of conflicting parties, and balanced with a view to the securing of all.
press-pubs.uchicago.edu /founders/documents/amendXIIs5.html   (14345 words)

  
 Practical Freedom - The "Constitution" Delusion - Part I
Their proposed constitution was advertised as the blueprint for eternal bliss; for peace, safety and order for all free men then living, and for their generations ad infinitum.
The Constitution merely plagiarizes its name as a cunning means of exploiting and confiscating the resources of the Several Lawful States; and converting their citizens and inhabitants into human resources for the profit of the Authors and their Posterity.
In combination, the Articles of Anderson’s Constitutions establishes a government which superficially appears to be of, by and for the general Lodge membership, but which in their legal language make all meaningful power to reside in the hands of the Ruling Elite.
www.buildfreedom.com /condel1.htm   (3649 words)

  
 ABC News: Don't write Iraq constitution without us - Sunnis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Iraqi officials say gas shortages are due to sabotage of crude oil pipelines which connect to the al-Dura refinery on the outskirts of Baghdad and that corruption has also played a role in the problem.
The committee is the main vehicle the government and its U.S. backers had hoped would lure the restive Sunni minority into the political process and help defuse Iraq's insurgency.
Under the deal in which the Sunnis agreed to join, the committee is required to adopt the draft constitution by consensus rather than a majority vote.
abcnews.go.com /International/wireStory?id=963322   (398 words)

  
 Constitution of the United States
Constitution of the United States, document embodying the fundamental principles upon which the American republic is conducted.
The Constitution is concise, and its very brevity and its general statement of principles have, by accident more than by design, made possible the extension of meaning that has fostered growth.
From its very beginnings, the Constitution has been subject to stormy controversies, not only in interpretation of some of its phrases, but also between the “loose constructionists” and “strict constructionists.” The middle of the 19th cent.
www.infoplease.com /ce5/CE012456.html   (301 words)

  
 GUIDE TO LAW ONLINE: United States Constitution
Constitution of the United States of America as Amended: Unratified Amendments, Analytical Index (U.S. House of Representatives, via GPO Access) June 20, 2003; H.Doc.
U.S. Founding Documents: The Federalist Papers (Emory University School of Law) The Federalist (also known as "The Federalist Papers") issued as a series of highly influential essays in support of the proposed United States Constitution, most of which appeared initially in New York newspapers under the pen name "Publius" during 1787 and 1788.
GREECE: Athenian Constitution by Aristotle (in English) Sir Frederic G. Kenyon's translation of Aristotle on the political structure (or constitution) of the ancient city-state of Athens, which is usually considered a prime inspiration for the form of government chosen for the United States.
www.loc.gov /law/guide/usconst.html   (1132 words)

  
 The Constitution Explained - The U.S. Constitution Online - USConstitution.net
The Constitution is often hailed as a marvel of brevity and of clarity.
It sets the Constitution and all laws and treaties of the United States to be the supreme law of the country.
Article 7 details the method for ratification, or acceptance, of the Constitution: of the original 13 states in the United States, nine had to accept the Constitution before it would officially go into effect.
www.usconstitution.net /constquick.html   (2162 words)

  
 Ben's Guide (3-5): The Constitution
Three months later and after a lot of debate and compromise, on September 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was finally accepted by the delegates.
Nine states had to vote for the Constitution for it to be accepted.
New Hampshire became the ninth state to accept the Constitution on June 21, 1788, ending government under the Articles of Confederation.
bensguide.gpo.gov /3-5/documents/constitution/index.html   (223 words)

  
 Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of the United States to Provide a Procedure by Which the States May Propose ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Constitution moreover equally enables the general and the state governments to originate the amendment of errors as they may be pointed out by the experience on one side or on the other''.
Constitutional amendment should have a nonextendable deadline for ratification by the states so as to ensure that there is a contemporaneous consensus by Congress and the states that the amendment is desirable.
Constitutional amendments should be utilized only when there are significant practical or legal obstacles to the achievement of the same objectives by other means.
commdocs.house.gov /committees/judiciary/hju57226.000/hju57226_0.HTM   (16856 words)

  
 Constitution of the United States: Main Page
The Constitution of the United States comprises the primary law of the U.S. Federal Government.
The Constitution of the United States is the oldest Federal constitution in existence and was framed by a convention of delegates from twelve of the thirteen original states in Philadelphia in May 1787.
The Constitution is the landmark legal document of the United States.
www.gpoaccess.gov /constitution/index.html   (173 words)

  
 National Constitution Center: The U.S. Constitution   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.
Note: The Fourteenth Amendment, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by section 1 of the Twenty-Sixth Amendment.
The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.
www.constitutioncenter.org /explore/TheU.S.Constitution/index.shtml   (4293 words)

  
 We the People... The Citizen and the Constitution / High School Level   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Constitution has been described as "a bundle of compromises." As you have seen, such prominent features of the Constitution as the different plans for representation in the House and the Senate and the method of selecting the president were settled by compromise.
If every one of us in returning to our Constituents were to report the objections he has had to it...we might prevent its being generally received, and thereby lose all the salutary effects and great advantages resulting naturally in our favor among foreign Nations as well as among ourselves, from a real or apparent unanimity....
The Constitution says that all treaties are the supreme law of the land.
www.civiced.org /wtp_hs15_sb.html   (1781 words)

  
 The Avalon Project : U.S. Constitution
Constitution of the United States - Article 1
Constitution of the United States - Bill of Rights - The First Ten Amendments
Constitution of the United States - Amendments 11 - 27
www.yale.edu /lawweb/avalon/usconst.htm   (80 words)

  
 Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation
This page, Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation, has moved to the new gpoaccess.gov domain.
A service of the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office.
www.access.gpo.gov /congress/senate/constitution   (52 words)

  
 Constitution Party National Political Headquarters
On both counts he was right - the Democrats and Republicans have betrayed us, and squandered the Founders'' legacy of liberty and justice.
Countless government officials in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government take their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution with no understanding of the responsibilities that oath entails.
According to former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Congressional Republicans have cut the federal budget to the bone during the Bush years, stripping away the pork and excess spending of the previous administration, and restoring fiscal sanity to Washington.
www.constitutionparty.com   (301 words)

  
 THE FIRST AMEMDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is also the first section of the Bill of Rights.
It is arguably the most important part of the U.S. Constitution, as it guarantees freedoms of religion, speech, writing and publishing, peaceful assembly, and the freedom to raise grievances with the Government.
In 1789, the first of ten amendments were written to the constitution; they have since been known as the Bill of Rights.
www.religioustolerance.org /amend_1.htm   (1243 words)

  
 Web Quest for the U   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Among the chief points at issue were how much power to allow the central government, how many representatives in Congress to allow each state, and how these representatives should be elected--directly by the people or by the state legislators.
You are a public relations person hired by the delegates who wish to convince other delegates to approve the new constitution or to convince the population of the states to encourage their delegates to support adoption for ratification.
Your public relations firm feels the best way to win support for the proposed Constitution is to inform the delegates, who do not presently support adoption, and the population in general.
babylon.k12.ny.us /usconstitution   (943 words)

  
 National Center for Constitutional Studies - NCCS
Constitution Week has come and gone and we are still receiving many requests from people who want to share this film with others.
This is a great opportunity to share the story of the Constitution with friends, family, neighbors, your local library, etc. Click here to learn more.
George Washington personally invites you to pledge your support for the Constitution.
www.nccs.net   (209 words)

  
 Constitutional Law
The Constitution and the Attorneys General (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 1999).
Constitutional Documents (Ronald Rotunda, University of Illinois College of Law)
Constitutional Law Timeline (Wilson Parker and Michael Curtis, Wake Forest University School of Law)
jurist.law.pitt.edu /sg_con.htm   (956 words)

  
 FindLaw: U.S. Supreme Court Center
Receive free US Supreme Court case summaries when decisions are handed down.
FindLaw columnist and Cardozo law professor Marci Hamilton discusses the argument that the Ten Commandments do not constitute a religious, but rather a legal and historical document, and thus can constitutionally be posted by state governments.
United States, the US Supreme Court affirmed the conviction of an American citizen for violating a military exclusion order.
supreme.lp.findlaw.com   (420 words)

  
 Articles in Addition To, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America
Article I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Article X. The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
The Constitution was ratified by the thirteen original states in the following order:
www.trosch.org /law/constit2.htm   (1484 words)

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