What is the Constitution?
In most basic terms, the U.S. Constitution is framework of our government. It's that document that starts with "We the people."
The Constitution is made up of:
- The Articles
- The Amendments
- The first 10 amendments are collectively known as The Bill of Rights
National Archives: America's Historical Documents
Answers to questions like: How is it different from the Declaration of Independence? Who Wrote it? When and where was it written?
National Constitution Day
September 17 is named as National Constitution Day in rememberance of the day it is was signed, September 17, 1787.
Who Signed It?
The delegates to the Constitutional Convention; today they are called the Founding Fathers.
Life-size bronze statues of the founding fathers
National Constitution Center
Other Facts, Trivia and Resources
Could you pass the test to become a U.S. citizen?
The full text of the document with side-by-side explanations. Or you can search the Constitution or explore by issues.
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