Analizing the preamble of the United States Constitution

Essay by steelersJunior High, 8th gradeA+, February 2003

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We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, established Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, 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. The previous sentence is called the Preamble for the Constitution of the United States. The preamble is the first sentence and is the outline of the constitution. In this paper I intend to show what each part of the preamble means and what the writers of the Constitution intended to mean when it was written over 200 years ago.

I will start with the phrase "We the People". This phrase has a different meaning today than it did two hundred years ago when our forefathers wrote this phrase At that time in history, "We the People" did not include most of the American society.

The writers were not including any women, children, or any black people. The only people who were considered to have any matter in the constitution were people falling under three classifications. These classifications were, you had to be a male, you had to own land, and you had to go to church actively. This would never be accepted by any one in America now. When the youth of the United States reads the preamble of the Constitution they interpret it very differently. The American people would not just include men who own land and are faithful Christians; they would include all people. Any gender of persons can hold the constitution as a part of his/her life. In the United States of America you can be any color, white, brown, black, green, or blue to be considered one of "the People".

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