Constitution of the United States

(1787)

Impact

The introduction and implementation of the Constitution had a profound impact on the nation. At a time when the principles of the American Revolution were being questioned, it provided a necessary and revolutionary change in how the United States would be governed. If the Constitution had not been either proposed or adopted, the United States might have stayed a loose confederation of states, evolved into a parliamentary system of government, become a monarchy, returned into the British Empire, become separate confederacies, or adopted a different form of government at a later time. All of the alternatives would have likely brought about dramatically different circumstances. As it is, the Constitution educated and continues to educate Americans about the nature of government and how best to preserve liberty, and it provided written historical assertions to help subsequent government officials, especially jurists such as John Marshall, interpret the Constitution. From...

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Constitution of the United States (National Archives and Records Administration)

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