Preamble

We the People

Signed in convention September 17, 1787. Ratified June 21, 1788

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

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Media Library: The Preamble

Live At America's Town Hall Podcast

Patriotism and Dissent in America

Oct 19

Town Hall Video

Patriotism and Dissent in America

Historians and political theorists discuss the duel concepts of patriotism and dissent throughout American history.

Oct 13

Blog Post

On this day: “No taxation without representation!”

The Stamp Act Congress met on this day in New York in 1765, a meeting that led nine Colonies to declare the English Crown had no…

Oct 7

Educational Video

Principles of the American Constitution, 1776-1787 with Dr. Jem Spectar (All Levels)

Dr. Jem Spectar, president of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, joins National Constitution Center President and CEO…

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