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Simplified Constitution of the United States.
This webpage came about because of a lesson I teach at school on how our government functions. Because these students are middle school students, I went through the Constitution and condensed it into its most basic parts.
Hopefully you find this information useful.
If you would like to use this in your class, or for other educational purposes, you may do so as long as you send me an e-mail.
Also, if you would like to make suggestions, I would also love to hear from you.
Aaron T. Larson
Simplified Constitution of the United States
Article 1 – Creates the two parts of Congress.
Article 2 – Creates the job of President, called the Executive.
A. Explains how to kick the president from office, called impeachment.
Article 3 – Establishes Judges, called the Judiciary.
Article 4 – States Rights.
Article 5 – How to change the Constitution.
Article 6 - Concerns the United States.
Article 7 – Explained how the Constitution was agreed to.
The Bill of Rights
Protects the people's right to practice religion, to speak freely, to assemble (meet), to address the government and of the press to publish.
Protects the right to own guns.
Guarantees that the army cannot force homeowners to give them room and board.
Protects the people from the government improperly taking property, papers, or people, without a valid warrant based on probably cause (good reason).
Protects people from being held for committing a crime unless they are properly indicted, that they may not be tried twice for the same crime, and that you need not be forced to testify against yourself. It also contains due process guarantees.
Guarantees a speedy trial, an impartial jury, and that the accused can confront witnesses against them, and that the accused must be allowed to have a lawyer.
Guarantees a jury trial in federal civil court cases. This type of case is normally no longer heard in federal court.
Guarantees that punishments will be fair, and not cruel, and that extraordinarily large fines will not be set.
Simply a statement that other rights aside from those listed may exist, and just because they are not listed doesn't mean they can be violated.
Says that any power not granted to the federal government belongs to the states.
Amendments passed once the Constitution was adopted.
Says how someone from one state can sue another state.
Redefines how the President and Vice-President are chosen by the Electoral College.
Abolished slavery in the entire United States.
People had rights on the federal level and on the state level, too. Dealt with civil war items.
Ensured that a person’s race could not be used as criteria for voting.
Authorizes the United States to collect income taxes.
Shifted the choosing of Senators from the state legislatures to the people of the states.
Abolished the sale or manufacture of alcohol in the United States.
Ensures that sex could not be used as a criteria for voting.
Set new start dates for the terms of the Congress and the President.
Repealed the 18th Amendment.
Set a limit on the number of times a President could be elected - two four-year terms.
Grants the Washington D.C. the right to three electors in Presidential elections.
Ensured that no tax could be charged to vote for any federal office.
Establishes rules for a President who becomes unable to perform his duties while in office.
Ensures that any person 18 or over may vote.
Any law that increased the pay of legislators may not take effect until after an election.