We the people of the united states in order to form a more perfect union establish justice insure domestic tranquility provide for the common defence promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity do ordain and establish this constitution for the united states of america preamble to the united states constitution. The articles of confederation and perpetual union was the first constitution of the united states it was drafted by the second continental congress from mid 1776 through late 1777 and ratification by all 13 states was completed by early 1781 the articles of confederation gave little power to the central government the confederation congress could make decisions but lacked enforcement powers. Excerpt from constitution of the united states of america with the amendments thereto to which are prefixed the declaration of independence the articles of confederation and the ordinance of 1787 and to which are added the rules of the senate the joint rules of the two houses and jeffersons manual of parl. The constitution of the united states and the declaration of independence delegates of the constitutional convention on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the essential 45 page pocket size edition of the greatest gift from our founding fathers the two most fundamental documents for americans this quick. The fourteenth amendment amendment xiv to the united states constitution was adopted on july 9 1868 as one of the reconstruction amendmentsarguably one of the most consequential amendments to this day the amendment addresses citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws and was proposed in response to issues related to former slaves following the american civil war
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