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The Preamble

The Preamble: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, 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.

The Explanation and Purpose of the Preamble

         The Preamble is how the Constitution was organized.  This is the opening of the Constitution.  It tells the lists of principles for the USA.  The Preamble was created in 1787.  It tells what the founding fathers wanted to do.  The Preamble helps us run the country.  It is the supreme law of the land.  The purpose of the Preamble is to "secure the blessings of liberty, establish Justice," and to "provide for the common defence."  The Preamble is saying that we should form a better justice system, make peace, and defend our country.

How the Preamble is used Today and its Historical Background

Today, the Preamble is used in many different ways. For example, "Provide for the common defence" means we have an army protecting America and fighting for freedom.  "We the People" means that we are a republic and run the government.  This Preamble was written in 1787.   Our country was just starting out and we had to make what is now the Constitution of the United States.  This is still important today because it states the basic rights, laws, and beliefs of our country.