Principles of the U.S. Constitution

by Armando Aguilar


6 Basic Principles

I. Popular Sovereignty

II. Limited Government

III. Separation of Powers

IV. Checks and Balances

V. Judicial Review

VI. Federalism

Checks and Balances

All branches of government are dependent to one another. This makes every branch dependent on each other which does not allow any branch too make decisions alone or have too much power.

Judicial Review

Courts power to review the actions of the executive and legislative branches.


Power given to the national government, the rest given to the state government. National government has more power for bigger issues as in national debt, unemployment rate and foreign affairs. The state is given power to help resolve local issues as in state laws and crime laws.

Importance of the Constitution

The constitution laid out our rights and our government. It is our supreme law that replaced the Articles of Confederation. The Constitution is the one of the greatest and important documents of U.S. History and government.

People behind the Constitution

James Madison wrote the Constitution behind closed doors. The U.S. Constitution is the smallest and oldest of all the written constitutions.