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It's like the introduction to a book or the "Purpose" section of a company document. The preamble tells you the who, why and what that the following details will explain.

"We the people of the United States"... This part tells who is involved.

"in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity" This part tells what the Constitutioin is intended to do.

"do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." This part tells everyone what just happened.

The preamble is an introduction to the Constitution that tells what the Constitution is intended to accomplish; the articles that follow lay out exactly how we are to pursue these commoin goals.

Read MIRACLE AT PHILADELPHIA written by CATHERINE DRINKER BOWEN

which is about the intrigue, wrangling, secrecy, bitter argument and unwilling compromise that went on during the writing of the Constitution.

The writing and adoption of the Constitution, which replaced the inefficient Articles of Confederation as a governing document for the United States, was in effect a second revolution. Under the Articles of Confederation, the thirteen colonies could never have grown into the United States we know today.

The opening paragraph that explains the purposes of the United States government.

I would respectfully disagree with the statement above, at least in part.

There is a 4,000 year history of law, still in effect today in the United States, that says a law or governmental act must show by what authority it is enacted. Several courts have ruled that not including this at the beginning of any such act makes the act void, even if it was left off by accident.

The people who wrote the constitution were very aware of this and the debate reflects that the Pre-Amble is the enacting clause of the constitution - IE: the authority by which it is given power. In this case, and edited for clarity "We the People ... in order to form a more perfect union ... do ordain and establish this constitution of the United States of America."

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