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Summary of The Constitution of the United States of America


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.

Article I - The Legislative Branch
Section 1. Legislative Power Vested
Section 2. House of Representatives
Section 3. Senate
Section 4. Elections of Senators and Representatives
Section 5. Rules of House and Senate
Section 6. Compensation and Privileges of Members
Section 7. Passage of Bills
Section 8. Scope of Legislative Power
Section 9. Limits on Legislative Power
Section 10. Limits on States

Article II - The Presidency
Section 1. Election, Installation, Removal
Section 2. Presidential Power
Section 3. State of the Union, Receive Ambassadors, Laws Faithfully
Executed, Commission Officers
Section 4. Impeachment

Article III - The Judiciary
Section 1. Judicial Power Vested
Section 2. Scope of Judicial Power
Section 3. Treason

Article IV - The States
Section 1. Full Faith and Credit
Section 2. Privileges and Immunities, Extradiction, Fugitive Slaves
Section 3. Admission of States
Section 4. Guarantees to States

Article V - The Amendment Process

Article VI - Legal Status of the Constitution

Article VII - Ratification

Amendment I - Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, Petition (1791)
Amendment II - Right to Bear Arms (1791)
Amendment III - Quartering of Troops (1791)
Amendment IV - Search and Seizure (1791)
Amendment V - Grand Jury, Double Jeopardy, Self-Incrimination, Due Process(1791)
Amendment VI - Criminal Prosecutions - Jury Trial, Right to Confront and to Counsel (1791)
Amendment VII - Common Law Suits - Jury Trial (1791)
Amendment VIII - Excess Bail or Fines, Cruel and Unusual Punishment (1791)
Amendment IX - Non-Enumerated Rights (1791)
Amendment X - Rights Reserved to States (1791)
Amendment XI - Suits Against a State (1795)
Amendment XII - Election of President and Vice-President (1804)
Amendment XIII - Abolition of Slavery (1865)
Amendment XIV - Privileges and Immunities, Due Process, Equal Protection, Apportionment of Representatives, Civil War Disqualification and Debt (1868)
Amendment XV - Rights Not to Be Denied on Account of Race (1870)
Amendment XVI - Income Tax (1913)
Amendment XVII - Election of Senators (1913)
Amendment XVIII - Prohibition (1919)
Amendment XIX - Women’s Right to Vote (1920)
Amendment XX - Presidential Term and Succession (1933)
Amendment XXI - Repeal of Prohibition (1933)
Amendment XXII - Two Term Limit on President (1951)
Amendment XXIII - Presidential Vote in D.C. (1961)
Amendment XXIV - Poll Tax (1964)
Amendment XXV - Presidential Succession (1967)
Amendment XXVI - Right to Vote at Age 18 (1971)
Amendment XXVII - Compensation of Members of Congress (1992)