The Preamble of the Constitution

by: Jose Eusebio, Sean Chandran

Introduction


A statement attached to the beginning of the Constitution by the Constitutional Convention declaring the purpose of the document. It reads: “We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish 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.”

Causes

The Preamble of the constitution of the United States has an interesting history. While the constitution was being written, the committee on Detail wrote one preamble that was not accepted by the Committee on style. Gouvernaur Morris decided to write his own version of the constitution. he included the goals that the farmers wanted; Union, Justice, Tranquility, Defense, Welfare and liberty. He wanted the preamble to contain the most important information in the constitution.

Characteristics

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, 1. Establish Justice, 2. Insure domestic Tranquility, 3. Provide for the common defense, 4. Promote the general Welfare, and 5. Secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, 6. Do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. The Preamble explains the purposes of the Constitution, and defines the powers of the new government as originating from the people of the United States.

Significance

The Constitution increased the power of the national government and allowed for free trade between states. It specifically protected property and the rich in a number of ways. By doing these things, it created a more stable climate for business. This allowed the elites to be happy and allowed the economy to improve. That is why the Constitution succeeded. The new Constitution addressed many of the problems created by the Articles by creating a federal system of government with a much more powerful national government. It gave the national government the power to tax, draft troops, control interstate commerce and others. It also created an executive branch and a federal court system, both of which were lacking under the Articles of Confederation.

Conclusion

We believe that the Preamble of the Constitution was a significant part of US History. It changed many lives once it was established and it would not have made America what it is today if it was not for it.