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Our Documents

Our Documents are the foundation for the rule of law in the United States, everyone should be familiar with them. They tell us what the structure of our government is, and how it is designed to function. They also tell us what rights and freedoms we have as Americans, and the protections we are offered as citizens.

The Documents

The Articles of Confederation

The Articles of Confederation were actually the first Constitution that the United States had, it was sent by the Continental Congress to all the states to be ratified in November of 1777. Even though it was not ratified by all the states until March 1781, the new government of The United States of American used it as though it was already in effect. It left most of the power and control with the states, thus was not a strong enough document for it purposes though, it did not give enough power to the federal government to function properly. It lacked the power to compel the states to honor national obligations, it also specified no real structure of government or how it would operate, nor did it address the rights of the citizens.

Declaration Of Independence

Under construction

The Constitution of the United States

The Bill Of Rights (Amendments 1-10 to the Constitution)

The Amendments 11-27

Not a document but I felt it should be here!

The Pledge of Allegiance

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