US Constitution and Government
The United States Constitution and Government for Kids
This website contains interesting facts and important information about the US Constitution, the United States Government and the history of the American political parties. This selection of articles provide interesting facts and information about the US Constitution and Government in a simplified format that is ideal as an educational resource for kids, schools and homework projects relating to Social Studies.
United States Government and the US Constitution
The United States Constitution provides the framework of the US government and is the Supreme Law of the Land. The United States Government and the Articles and Amendments of the Constitution are therefore closely linked. Learn about the meaning of the US Constitution and interesting information about the principles and system of US Government with its different branches of government and its unique system of checks and balance. The history of all of the political parties of America provides important information about the beliefs of the men who run the United States Government and how the US political parties evolved.
United States Constitution and Government for Kids: Help with Social Studies
The articles on the United States Constitution, the US Government and the history and evolution of the American political parties can be found in the following sections - a simple guide for kids, schools, colleges and Social Studies homework projects.
US Constitution and Government for Kids: The US Constitution
The United States Constitution was written to establish the basic principles of the legal, political and economic systems of America. Some of the words used can be difficult to understand so we have provided a short summary of each of the elements - the US Constitution Simplified.
The pages on the United States Constitution include those that provide the wording and the meaning of the introduction which is called the 'Preamble' that explains why this important document was written.
The 7 Principles of the US Constitution are explained that were designed to guarantee of personal freedom and the rights of individuals.
The section also contains details of important historical events in America such as the constitutional compromise, the constitutional convention, the full text of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, the Great Compromise, the New Jersey Plan, the Virginia Plan, the slave trade compromise and the three-fifths compromise.
The section on the United States Constitution also provides a simplified overview for kids of the history of the Constitution of America, when it was written, when it was ratified, who wrote it, the original text and an explanation and a simplified summary of the content.
US Constitution and Government for Kids: The Articles of the US Constitution
The United States Constitution has seven parts, called "Articles". Each of the Articles are described in detail with a simplified summary of each of the sections together with the full text. What subjects do the seven Articles address? The following definitions provide a short, simplified summary of the Articles of the US Constitution.
Article 1 deals with the Legislative Branch (the Senate and the House of Representatives).
Article 2 deals with the powers of the Executive Branch, Congress and the Federal government.
Article 3 addresses the Judicial Branch, judicial powers and the crime of treason.
Article 4 deals with the relationship between the states and the federal government.
Article 5 deals with how to amend the Constitution ( the Constitutional Amendments).
Article 6 deals with Supremacy, Debts and Oaths and Article 7 deals with the requirements for ratification (approval)
US Constitution and Government for Kids: The Bill of Rights
The first 10 Amendments to the US Constitution are called the 'Bill of Rights' which guarantee the basic liberties to Americans. Articles on the Bill of Rights contain a simplified summary of Amendments 1 - 10, the original full text of the Bill of Rights amendments, the cause or reason for their addition to the US Constitution, a government guideline and a line by line explanation of each of the Bill of Rights amendments together with a simplified meaning and Summary.
US Constitution and Government for Kids: Amendments to the Constitution
How many Amendments have been added to the US Constitution? Over 5000 Constitutional Amendments have since been introduced to Congress but only 27 constitutional amendments have been ratified by the government. Only one of the constitutional amendments has ever been repealed - the Twenty-first Amendment that repealed Prohibition. The articles on the Amendments provide a definition of each of the Constitutional amendments, a summary, the dates when the Amendments were passed through government and the cause or reason for the Amendments addition to the US Constitution. A line by line explanation of each of the Amendments has also been included together with the full text of each of the Amendments of the US Constitution.
US Constitution and Government for Kids: The United States Government
The articles on the United States Government explain the system of government in simple terms for kids.
We have provided a simple guide that answers the question "How Does the United States Government Work?" and contains an overview of the structure of both the Federal Government and State Government.
The 3 branches of the US Government are defined and there is a description of how each of the branches of government work together.
Learn about the Legislative Branch of Government that makes the laws, the Judicial Branch of Government that interprets the laws and the Executive Branch, which is headed by the President, and is responsible for enforcing the law and the general administration and government of the United States of America.
US Constitution and Government for Kids: History of the American Political Parties
The articles on the evolution and history of the American political parties, the government and the important events in American history that contributed to their formation and evolution. The history starts off with the causes and the significance of Shays Rebellion. A useful timeline provides a simple summary of when the American political parties emerged and the history of the origins of each of the political parties. The Timeline of the American Political Parties is supplemented by a more detailed article on the History of each of the political parties. Learn interesting facts and important information about the government with the Independent Party, the Federalist Party, the importance of the Federalist Papers, the Anti-Federalist Party, the emergence of the Republican Party, an explanation of the Democratic-Republican Party, the Jeffersonian Republicans, the National Republican Party, the Whig Party, National Union Party, the Free Soil Party and the Democrat Party.
US Government for Kids - Video of the American Presidents
The article provides an overview of the Constitution and how the American Government is run. The following video will give you important facts and dates about the leaders of successive governments - the Presidents of America.