Subtitle: To Show Them What Government Is and Means in Nation, State and at Home, to Deepen Their Interest in Community Affairs, and to Light Their Path to Public Duty and Service General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1922 Original Publisher: Iroquois publishing company, inc. Subjects: United States Civics Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: CHAPTER III THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION The preservation of liberty and the destiny of the republican form of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as vitally, staked on the experiment intrusted to the American people. -- Washington's Farewell Address. 1. The Mission of the Fathers. -- The Constitution of the United States is the original charter of our national, or central government, to which certain amendments have been added from time to time to meet special needs or demands. The wise men who framed it, with George Washington at their head, assembled for the purpose in the City of Philadelphia in the year 1787. At that time, and for the six preceding years, the scheme of government for the little nation, or rather group of thirteen new States, was embodied in what was known as the Articles of Confederation. The Confederation, or league, had not worked well. It was established in 1781, a few months before the surrender of Cornwallis and the end of our Revolutionary struggle; and as time went on the defects of the new system became apparent. The thirteen infant States were bound together by very loose political ties. They had little in common except their location, the Articles which they had adopted for convenience sake, and the memory of common sufferings and sacrifices in the War of the Revolution. Theywere often...
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