Constitution of the United States

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Noun1.Constitution of the United States - the constitution written at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and subsequently ratified by the original thirteen statesConstitution of the United States - the constitution written at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and subsequently ratified by the original thirteen states
advice and consent - a legal expression in the United States Constitution that allows the Senate to constrain the President's powers of appointment and treaty-making
Bill of Rights - a statement of fundamental rights and privileges (especially the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution)
Fourteenth Amendment - an amendment to the Constitution of the United States adopted in 1868; extends the guarantees of the Bill of Rights to the states as well as to the federal government
Eighteenth Amendment - an amendment to the Constitution of the United States adopted in 1920; prohibited the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages; repealed in 1932
Nineteenth Amendment - an amendment to the Constitution of the United States adopted in 1920; guarantees that no state can deny the right to vote on the basis of sex
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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He analyzes the Northwest Ordinance and the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and their historical context, to show how land profits were the cause of this perpetuation of slavery and theft of Native land.
Federal Constitutional Convention of 1787 As A Source of the Original
Given that Gerry was among the most active participants at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 (he delivered at least 119 speeches on a variety of subjects), and given his leadership role in the unsuccessful anti-Federalist attempt to prevent ratification of the document drafted during that historic summer in Philadelphia, his near anonymity is something of a head-scratcher.
There were invocations of another convention: the Constitutional Convention of 1787, held, reportedly, during another sweltering Philadelphia summer.
They describe the forces that led to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and the decision of the delegates to jettison the dysfunctional Articles of Confederation and replace them with a document that would weld the thirteen separate states into one nation ruled by a strong central government.
For instance, his model is not the grandiose Constitutional Convention of 1787, but the more legislatively defined and achievable Pendleton Civil Service Act of 1883.
Finkelman begins with the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
The Electoral College was a key part of the compromise between large and small states at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and it has served America well for more than 200 years.
Gutzman's day-by-day analysis of the debates and actions of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 is long--80 pages--but superb.
He organizes his book chronologically, charting South Carolina and Georgia planters' and politicians' emerging economic and geopolitical worlds from the Constitutional Convention of 1787 through secession in 1860-1861.
Benjamin Franklin famously answered a question about what had been accomplished at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, "A republic, if you can keep it.

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