The meanings of the Articles


The preamble is the introduction the the rest of the Constitution and explains the reason the constitution was created in the first place. The preamble does this by explaining the aspects of the United States government and the six functions of the government.

Article 1: Legislative Branch

This article described the powers and limitations of the Congress. The congress is made up of a House of representatives, with each state getting representation based on the population, and two senators from each State. Article 1 also describes qualifications for being a member of the House of Representatives.

Article 2: Executive Branch

This article describes how to become a member of the Executive Branch, and it describes the powers that a member upholds. It does this by saying that a president can make treaties, be the commander and chief of the military, and appoint the members of the Supreme Court. Also, Article 2 describes the the execuive power (president) may be impeached if he/she does not fulfil his duties as a president.

Article 3: Judicial Branch

Article 3 states the judicial fowers in the United States. It accomplishes what it set out to do by listing how its powers come together. Article 3 states that the judicial power has the power to have rule over trial by crime and treason acts on citizens.

Article 4: States' Power

Article 4 talks about the States' power. It show's the states power by giving credit to each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings. It give's states powers to make a new state if necesarry as long as it is not created from an already existing state. Article 4 also protects the right to own property by law and wants states to interact with eachother, but with different state laws in place.

Article 5: Amendments

Article 5 dicusses what is required if amendments are necesarry. The job of Article 5 in the Constitution is that whenever 2/3 of both Houses find it necessary, propose Anendment, or on the Application of the Legislators, it is needed to call a Convention and go through a process to make certain that any changes that are made are made properly.

Article 6: Federal Powers

Article 6 talks about the Powers that the federal government has over the state. If a state law disagrees with a federal law, federal law wins. Along with that, Article 6 states that all debts made prior to the constitution are still valid, and that all treaties made under US authority shall be the Supreme Law of the Land.

Article 7: Ratification

Article 7 is all about ratification. The 9 states are required to follow the laws that were laid out in the constitution. Also, any states made following the creation of the Constitutino are requried to follow those rules as well. "The ratification of conventions in nine states should be "sufficient for the establishment of this constitution between the states so ratifying the same".

Requirements To Be A President:

*must be a natural born citizen of the United States

*must be at least 35 years of age

*must have been living in the United States for at least 14 years before running for president