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US Constitution facts
- The US Constitution was drafted by John Rutledge, Edmund Randolph, Nathaniel Gorham, Oliver Ellsworth and James Wilson.
- It was presented and agreed on 17 September 1787.
- The Constitution was signed by 39 delegates of the Philadelphia Convention.
- The US Constitution consists of seven articles and is followed by 27 later amendments.
- It was ratified on 21 June 1788 before coming into force in 1789.
- Article One: Concerns Congress and how senators are elected to the regulatory body.
- Article Two: Powers and role of the president of the United States.
- Article Three: Relates to legal issues and the court system. Creates the Supreme Court.
- Article Four: Explains how the states are governed and borders changed.
- Article Five: This article allows the Constitution to be amended, setting out the rules for this action.
- Article Six: Marks the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.
- Article Seven: Sets out how to establish the Constitution as a document by which the country is governed.
- Amendments one to ten are known as the Bill of Rights, while number 13 to 15 are the Reconstruction Amendments.