Constitution (Sociology)

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  • Adopted on September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land. All laws—statutory, administrative, case law, and so forth—must adhere to the principles inherent in the Constitution. The Constitution comprises a preamble, 27 amendments, and 7 original articles. It establishes three branches of government: the legislative, which enacts law (Article 1); the judiciary, which interprets the law (Article 2); and the executive branch, which enforces the law (Article 3). Article 4 describes the states' powers and limits. Article 5 explains the process of amending the constitution. Article 6 establishes the Constitution as the supreme law of the land, and Article 7 explains the process of ratifying the Constitution.

    The first 10 amendments of the Constitution are known as the Bill of ...

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