IntroductionGoals of the Constitution include:1) Form a more perfect union2) Establish justice3) Ensure domestic tranquility4) Provide for the common defense5) Promote the general welfare6) Secure the blessing of liberty
When and Who Wrote the Constitution• James Madison wrote the Constitution, along with the Delegates of the Philadelphia Convention.• The Constitution was formed on September 17, 1787
What led to the creation of the Constitution• In 1777, the Delegates meet in New York to discuss changing the Articles of Confederation.• They realized they needed a whole new set of government rules, so they created the Constitution.
Information• James Madison came up with the Checks and Balances system• This consists of the executive branch, run by the president, the judicial branch, run by the Supreme Court, and the legislative branch, run by Congress.
Information• The first 10 amendments of the Constitution came to be known as the Bill of Rights.
Influences of the Constitution• Magna Carta – shows no person is above the law.• Mayflower Contract – separation of church and state• The Declaration of Independence – create principle of fair and just government
Problems the Constitution Solved• It got rid of having only one branch of government.• It created a separation of power.
Limitations of the Constitution• No branch of government has too much power.• The government has to obey the laws too.
What Would I Change• I don’t think I would change anything about the Constitution. I like the separation of power. It keeps things more fair so not just one branch has all the power.
Relevance Today• I think the Constitution is still relevant. The rules are still the basis of our country, like they were back when it was first created.• I don’t think the Constitution is taken as seriously as it used to be, though. To most people, it is just a part of history, and they don’t really think of it as rules and laws.