Declaration of Independence & U.S. Constitution

The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution are fundamental to American democracy and you need to become familiar with them. Each is relatively short and easy to read. Much of the American government is based on these documents. Read and study them here then test your knowledge.

US ConstitutionThe Declaration of Independence

 The Declaration of Independence reads in part:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among thee ae Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.-That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -That whatever form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, It is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Government long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind is more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than by abolishing the  forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government…” (Thomas Jefferson, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 4, 1776; adopted by the Second Continental Congress)

The United States Constitution

The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America. It was adopted in 1789 and has been amended 27 times. It is not long and easy to read. It deserves re-reading and study.

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