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The Constitution of the United States of America is the fundamental blueprint of the US government system, and governs the relationship between citizens ("the people"), the constituent states, and the national government. It lays out a framework of government, consisting of a representative federal system whereby sovereignty is shared between the states and the national government, and details how the federal government is to be set up and run. It also outlines how power is to be shared between the federal government, the states, and the people.

The Preamble to the Constitution can be seen as a statement of ideals and goals for the nation and its government system, and is used to guide interpretation of the rest of the Constitution.

One of the more unusual features of the Constitution (particularly for the time period it was written in), is that is a limited government model: government is only allowed to do things explicitly designated as powers granted to it (or, powers which must follow to do something explicitly granted). That is, government does not start out with the ability to do anything, and then is forbidden to do things. Instead, it starts out with the ability to do NOTHING, and then is given the power to specific tasks. The People start out with the power to do ANYTHING, and then delegate to the government the ability to restrict these actions on a limited basis. This was virtually unique at the time, whereby most government systems (and political science theories of governance) presumed the opposite, that ultimate power (should) resided in the government, not the governed.

** not to be confused with the ship named USS Constitution (aka "Old Ironsides") built in 1797.

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The supreme law of the US, it is the document that lays out the form and function of the US government.

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british constitution differ from the us constitution is that they dont have rule

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Yes. In the United States, the federal constitution isthe US Constitution.

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Was the US Constitution created by the founders?

The US Constitution was not created by the Founders. The US Constitution was written by delegates who attended the Philadelphia Convention.

Is Florida constitution longer than US Constitution?

yes, Florida's constitution has 57,000 words and the US constitution has 7,000 words

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The US Constitution was written in 1789. There is no US Constitution of 1835.

What has the Constitution done for us?

The Constitution has helped us build the country and the privileges that we have to this day.

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the us constitution gave freedom to americans.

In what year was the US Constitution signed?

The US Constitution was signed in 1787

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There are 27 amendments in the US Constitution.

Which part of The US Constitution states the propose The US Constitution?

the preamble

When did Alexander Hamilton sign the US Constitution?

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The US Constitution was written in 1787.

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Why is the constitution called the constitution?

Because a "constitution is a plan of government, which is what the US Constitution is.

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The Texas has a state constitution while the US constitution is federal and applies to all states.

How does Georgia state constitution compare with US Constitution?

Well the Georgia constitution was only a state constitution but the US constitution was a federal government. Hoped I helped!

How are the US Constitution and the Florida constitution different?

floridas constitution is like any other constitution. the difference for the us constitution is that the laws are made forth for every one to follow.

What does the constitution set up?

The US Constitution sets up the US government.

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