The introduction of the United States Constitution is called the Preamble. This introduction is just one sentence long, but it has been referred to in many judicial opinions and speeches.Continue Reading
The Preamble of the Constitution explains why the document was written. Experts from the National Archives say the Preamble was written by the Committee of Style, while the rest of the Constitution was drafted by the Committee of Detail. The Committee of Style, which included James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, reviewed the draft and made revisions.
According to the Preamble of the Constitution, the people of the United States wanted to form a better government and promote tranquility, justice and liberty.Learn more about The Constitution
The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution is important because it abolished slavery in all American states. The amendment was passed by the Senate on April 18, 1864, and by the House of Representatives on January 21, 1865. It was ratified on December 6, 1865.Full Answer >
The framers of the United States Constitution were 55 delegates from 12 of the 13 colonies at the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia in 1787. The framers represented a cross-section of American leadership in the 18th century and included George Washington, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin.Full Answer >
The United States Constitution, which Congress created and signed in its final draft form on September 17, 1787, obtained the required nine-state approval for ratification 9 months later when New Hampshire became the ninth state to vote to ratify in June 1788. The first state to vote to ratify was Delaware on December 7, 1787. The last of the 13 original states to vote for ratification was Rhode Island in May 1790, 2 years and 8 months after the Constitution was drafted.Full Answer >
The United States Constitution may be amended either by a two-thirds vote by the House of Representatives and the Senate followed by subsequent state level ratification or by a Convention called for by two-thirds of state legislatures and subsequent state level ratification. To date, only the former method has been implemented.Full Answer >