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US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Bill of Rights, and Guide to US GovernmentTABLE OF CONTENTS:I. Constitution (text only) Preamble and Articles Bill of Rights Subsequent AmendmentsII. Constitution (with analysis) Constitution: Preamble Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Article 4 Article 5 Article 6 Article 7 Amendments: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27III. History, Clauses, and InterpretationFounding Documents: Declaration of Independence (1776) Articles of Confederation (1777) Constitution (1787) Bill of Rights (1789)Formation: History of the Constitution Articles of Confederation Annapolis Convention Philadelphia Convention New Jersey Plan Virginia Plan Connecticut Compromise SignatoriesAdoption: Massachusetts Compromise Federalist PapersAmendments: Bill of Rights Ratified Unsuccessful Conventions to propose State ratifying conventionsClauses: Appointments Case or controversy Citizenship Commerce Commerce (Dormant) Confrontation Contract Copyright Due Process Equal Protection Establishment Exceptions Free Exercise Full Faith and Credit Impeachment Natural-born citizen Necessary and Proper No Religious Test Presentment Privileges and Immunities (Art. IV) Privileges or Immunities (14th Amend.) Speech or Debate Supremacy Suspension Takings Clause Taxing and Spending Territorial War PowersInterpretation: Congressional power of enforcement Double jeopardy Enumerated powers Incorporation of the Bill of Rights Nondelegation Preemption Separation of church and state Separation of powers Constitutional theory Executive privilegeIII. GovernmentBefore Constitution: Colonial Government in America US under Articles of Confederation Constitutional Convention RatificationConstitution: Three Branches of Government Federal System General Provisions Bill of Rights Later AmendmentsPresent Government Structure: Legislative Branch Executive Branch Judicial BranchPresident: Vice President CabinetCongress: Senate HouseFederal courts: Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate JusticesElections: Presidential elections Midterm electionsPolitical Parties: Democratic Republican Third parties FEATURES:Clear and concise explanations. Search for words or phrases. Add Bookmarks Text annotation and mark-up Access the guide anytime, anywhere - at home, on the train, in the subway. Use your down time to prepare for an exam.

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