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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The U. S. Constitution

No, not the wooden sailing ship in Charlestown, MA, that's the U. S. S. Constitution. (It's a great time of year, by the way, to plan a visit to the vessel.) What I'm referring to is the document that has been much in the news of late. The document, and its amendments, which governs the United States of America--THE CONSTITUTION. Here's a summary from Wikipedia:
The United States Constitution 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 entrench the doctrine of the separation of powers, whereby the federal government is divided into three branches: the legislative, consisting of the bicameral Congress; the executive, consisting of the President; and the judicial, consisting of the Supreme Court and other federal courts. Articles Four, Five and Six entrench concepts of federalism, describing the rights and responsibilities of state governments and of the states in relationship to the federal government. Article Seven establishes the procedure subsequently used by the thirteen States to ratify it.

There's a poster design contest on the Constitution taking place between now and October 1. Kids in grades K through 12 (includes homeschoolers) may participate. It sounds like a good keep-them-busy-until-school-starts project. The details are on the poster, or click here.

Read more about the Constitution in The Story of the Constitution by Tamra Orr [J 342.73 ORR] or in any number of other books in the J 342.73 section.

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