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    The United States Constitution for Kids

    Introduction

    Following the War of Independence with Great Britain, the former colonies began to consider the best way to govern their newly created and unified nation. Their initial experiment with self-government, the Articles of Confederation, created a governmental system in which power was distributed amongst the States, leaving the central government with limited powers to solve problems when they occurred between the States. As a result, from 1783-1789, America faced what is now known as the “Critical Period.”

    Without a strong government, America experienced many di!culties. The Articles government owed a lot of money from fighting the war with Great Britain but could not pay because it had no ability to tax. Additionally, the Articles of Confederation did not provide for a national military, so threats from foreign nations were not handled well. What was the new government to do?

    Recognizing the need for changes, leaders began discussing revisions to the Articles of Confederation. Soon, however, it became all too clear that revising the Articles was simply not enough. As a result, what came to be known as the Constitutional Convention--which met in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787--was called to write a new plan of government, a document that would become the US Constitution.

    The United States Constitution for Kids

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    Table of Contents ..........................................................................................................................Preamble! 7

    ............................................................................................................................Text/Adapted Text:! 8 ..................................................................Primary Source Documents Relevant to the Preamble:! 8

    ............................................................................................................................Article I! 9 ...................................................................................................Article I Section 1! 9

    ............................................................................................................................Text/Adapted Text:! 9 ................................................Primary Source Documents Relevant to Article One, Section One:! 9

    .................................................................................................Article I Section 2! 10 ..........................................................................................................................Text/Adapted Text:! 11

    ...............................................Primary Source Documents Relevant to Article One, Section Two:! 12

    .................................................................................................Article I Section 3! 12 ..........................................................................................................................Text/Adapted Text:! 13

    ............................................Primary Source Documents Relevant to Article One, Section Three:! 14

    .................................................................................................Article I Section 4! 15 ..........................................................................................................................Text/Adapted Text:! 15

    ..............................................Primary Source Documents Relevant to Article One, Section Four:! 16

    .................................................................................................Article I Section 5! 16 ..........................................................................................................................Text/Adapted Text:! 16

    ..............................................Primary Source Documents Relevant to Article One, Section Five:! 17

    .................................................................................................Article I Section 6! 18 ..........................................................................................................................Text/Adapted Text:! 18

    ................................................Primary Source Documents Relevant to Article One, Section Six:! 19

    .................................................................................................Article I Section 7! 19 ..........................................................................................................................Text/Adapted Text:! 20

    ...........................................Primary Source Documents Relevant to Article One, Section Seven:! 21

    .................................................................................................Article I Section 8! 21 ...............................................................................................Text/Adapted Text:! 22

    .............................................Primary Source Documents Relevant to Article One, Section Eight:! 25

    .................................................................................................Article I Section 9! 26 ..........................................................................................................................Text/Adapted Text:! 26

    ..............................................Primary Source Documents Relevant to Article One, Section Nine:! 28

    ...............................................................................................Article I Section 10! 28

    The United States Constitution for Kids

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    ..........................................................................................................................Text/Adapted Text:! 28 ...............................................Primary Source Documents Relevant to Article One, Section Ten:! 29

    .........................................................................................................................Article II! 30 ................................................................................................Article II Section 1! 30

    ..........................................................................................................................Text/Adapted Text:! 30 ...............................................Primary Source Documents Relevant to Article Two, Section One:! 33

    ................................................................................................Article II Section 2! 33 ..........................................................................................................................Text/Adapted Text:! 34

    ...............................................Primary Source Documents Relevant to Article Two, Section Two:! 34

    ................................................................................................Article II Section 3! 35 ..........................................................................................................................Text/Adapted Text:! 35

    ........................................................Primary Documents Relevant to Article Two, Section Three:! 35

    ................................................................................................Article II Section 4! 36 ..........................................................................................................................Text/Adapted Text:! 36

    ...........................................................Primary Documents Relevant to Article Two, Section Four:! 36

    ........................................................................................................................Article III! 38 ...............................................................................................Article III Section 1! 38

    ..........................................................................................................................Text/Adapted Text:! 38 ............................................Primary Source Documents Relevant to Article Three, Section One:! 39

    ...............................................................................................Article III Section 2! 39 ..........................................................................................................................Text/Adapted Text:! 40

    ............................................Primary Source Documents Relevant to Article Three, Section Two:! 41

    ...............................................................................................Article III Section 3! 41 ..........................................................................................................................Text/Adapted Text:! 41

    ................................................Primary Source Documents Relevant to Article III, Section Three:! 42

    ........................................................................................................................Article IV! 43 ..............................................................................................Article IV Section 1! 43

    ..........................................................................................................................Text/Adapted Text:! 43 ..............................................Primary Source Documents Relevant to Article Four, Section One:! 43