U.S. Constitution We the People
The Constitution was written in 1787 by 55 men we call the Framers of the Constitution. These men included George Washington and Ben Franklin.
What is the Constitution? The Constitution says how the government works. It creates the President. It creates the Congress. It creates the Supreme Court.
U.S. Constitution Balance of Power BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT Legislative Executive Judicial Federal Supreme Court President Senate State Vice President Federal Courts House of Representatives Local State Courts Cabinet DIVISIONS OF POWERS CHECKS AND BALANCES
Separation of Powers Executive Carries Out Laws Judicial Interprets Legislative makes
The Judicial Branch Interprets the Law
The Federal Capital Building Legislative Branch House of Representatives The Senate Makes the Law
Executive Branch President’s 5 Roles • Chief Executive • Chief of State • Chief Diplomat • Commander-in-Chief of the Military • Legislative leader The White House Carries out the Law
Establish foreign policy Create & maintain armed forces Coin money Declare War Admit new states Create federal courts Establish postal offices The Federal System Some of the Powers Delegated to the National Government
Establish & maintain schools Establish local governments Make laws about marriage & divorce Conduct elections Provide for public safety The Federal System Some of the Powers Reserved to States
The Federal System Powers Shared By National and State Governments • Raise taxes • Charter banks • Borrow money • Administer criminal justice • Provide for public welfare
The law is the set of rules that we live by. The Constitution is the highest law. It belongs to the United States. It belongs to all Americans.
The Constitution, is 225 years old, and can be seen in Washington, D.C.
The Framers of the Constitution Our Founding Fathers Complied and edited by Susan Ging Lent