Chapter II The Constitution and the Government System

Chapter Summary:  This chapter explores the historical conditions under which the Constitution was adopted, focuses on its main   contents, evaluates its political significance in world history, and introduces the American government system.

George Washington

George Washington


The United States Constitution (with notes for understanding the Constitution)

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The Constitution is presented in several ways on this site. This page presents the Constitution on one large HTML-enhanced page. Other pages present the Constitution as a series of individual pages, in plain text…

The Constitution of the United States (showing how the constitution is modified by amendments)

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The following text is a transcription of the Constitution as it was inscribed by Jacob Shallus on parchment (the document on display in the Rotunda at the National Archives Museum.) Items that are hyperlinked have since been amended or superseded…

The Constitution of the United States (with good index)

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The Bill of Rights & All Amendments

A highly accessible, easy to use online version full text transcript including the Bill of Rights and the rest of the Amendments with both sequential and subject indexes…


Official Website of the White House (good overall information)

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The President’s Daily Schedule
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