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The Founding and the Constitution

The Constitution

The Constitutional Convention

The Constitution, page 2

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Thirty-nine delegates approved the Constitution on September 17, 1787. The final product of the convention is a short document that lays the foundation for a new government.

The American Constitution is divided into seven parts called articles, each dealing with a specific issue. The bulk of the document—Articles I, II, and III—describe the structures and powers of the three branches of the federal government. The table on the following page summarizes the structure of the Constitution.




I The Legislative Branch
II The Executive Branch
III The Judicial Branch
IV The States and the People
V Changing the Constitution
VI The Supremacy of the Constitution
VII Ratifying the Constitution