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Origins of the U.S. Constitution

Origins of the U.S. Constitution

Learn about the foundational principles of the Constitution with an overview of the history of the founding of the United States, as well as an outline of the basic structure of the Constitution.


The Constitution of the United States of America is the written charter of the federal government and the supreme law of the land. The Constitution grants and limits power, and allocates that power among different actors.

I. History

A little background: the Constitution was not the first attempt by the thirteen colonies to create a system of government. By the mid-1700s, there were thirteen colonies along the eastern coast of North America under British rule. In 1754, Pennsylvania statesman...