The Constitution: Yesterday And Today

The Constitution today is a symbolism of American. It shows how we broke away from British rules and formed our own type of government. The Constitution is held proud in American and is essential because it shows documentation of what our rights and liberties are. The Founding Fathers motives in creating the constitution were to create a more democratic society. For example limiting the power of government insuring we all have domestic tranquility, and ways to create a unbiased government. The impact of these decisions was a more equal society and a uniform government.
One of the main motives for creating the Constitution was to immediately replace the Articles Of Confederation. This was because they granted too little power to the central
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The amendments in the Constitution did just that,and protected the basic rights to freedom. Some argue that the Constitution writes “We the People” but, it didn’t include minorities. Which was true, but as change happened over time the vagueness of who “We the People” were was broadened. For example women and people of color did not have rights to vote and weren’t considered citizens. This is where the Amendments came into play. The 19th amendment, became in effect in 1920, it gave women the right to vote equally as men. “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”(James Madison, The Bill of Rights, 9th amendment) Not only did women get rights to vote and was considered a Citizen. Citizens of color were granted the right to vote in 1870 “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” (James Madison, The Bill of Rights, 15th amendment)But to vote people of color had to take literacy test . In 1965 literacy test were abolished because it was a way to prevent people of color the right to vote. The Constitution set the foundation on what the basic human rights are. It gave people of minorities a chance to become apart of the United States no more or less than the …show more content…
The importance of having citizens participate in the government is so that there is a fair share of views on what should be happening in our Government. When the Founding Fathers created the constitution, one of their motives was to promote general welfare. Before the government could make a decision of what the people wanted they needed to be able to see what they cared about. Mr. Mason argues, “ It ought to know & sympathise with every part of the community; and ought therefore to be taken not only from different parts of the whole republic, but also from different districts of the larger member of it.” (Chp. 5 Pg 102). This is where having rights to vote, freedom of speech, petition, and religion come into play. The government needed to consider all rights of every class of people in order to maintain domestic tranquility. By having equal rights across any race or gender it gives chances to see what “The People” felt was

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