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At a Glance

The Constitution of the United States, drafted on September 17, 1787, and ratified on June 21, 1788, is the foundation of the U.S. government and its laws. The Constitution was ratified after a long debate about the structure the government and laws should take. It replaced the weak and problematic Articles of Confederation (1781). The Constitution establishes the form and institutions of the U.S. government. Its first 10 amendments, called the Bill of Rights (1791), guarantee certain fundamental rights and freedoms enjoyed by all U.S. citizens.

About the Title

The term constitution can refer to the composition of something. More technically, it is used as a term for a document outlining a set of rules or principles governing a society or political system. It is in this latter sense that the framers chose to call the founding document of the U.S. government the Constitution.


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