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U.S. Government And Politics, 2nd Edition by Franco Scardino

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CHAPTER2

The Constitution

In This Chapter

  • Origins of the American constitutional system
  • The development of the government from the colonial period to the Revolution
  • Successes and failures under the Articles of Confederation
  • Formation of the Constitution
  • Changing the Constitution

The motto of the United States, E Pluribus Unum, is from the Latin meaning “from the many, one.” This motto describes the system of government established by the framers of the Constitution meeting in Philadelphia in 1787.

The original, unamended Constitution contains just 4,543 words, yet it is the oldest written constitution, and it established an experiment in free ...

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