Credo's Guide to the Constitution

Posted by duncan on 3/11/15 5:02 PM

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With a major US election now a mere 20 months away (or "one score months" in old-timey political speak) and the race for the White House heating up, Americans can be sure they'll be hearing a lot about their constitution in the coming days. Credo's Topic Pages provide a great way to sort through the rhetoric and get to the heart of one of the world's most influential living documents. Whether you're a civics student, or a junior senator from Arkansas looking to enlighten world leaders on the mechanisms of US democracy, Topic Pages allow you to explore authoritative information on all things constitutional. Here's a sample of what you'll find:

Constitution Of The United States - The framework of US federal government, drafted at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, and ratified in 1788 to take effect from 1.

United States Bill of Rights - In the USA, the first ten amendments to the US Constitution, incorporated in 1791: 1 guarantees freedom of worship, of speech, of the press, of assembly, and to  ...

Congress of the United States - Congress of the United States , the legislative branch of the federal government, instituted (1789) by Article 1 of the Constitution of the...

Supreme Court - The US Supreme Court was created in 1787, under Article III of the US Constitution. The number of justices is set by Congress, and the number fluctuated from 6  ...

Executive Orders - Presidents of the United States have issued executive orders since 1789, even though the U.S. Constitution does not expressly grant this power to the president.

First Amendment to the United States Constitution - Amendment to the US Constitution that guarantees freedom of religion, of speech, of assembly, and of the press. Part of the Bill of Rights, it was ratified in 1791.

James Madison - At the convention his skills in political science and his persuasive logic made him the chief architect of the new governmental structure and earned him the title "master builder of the Constitution."

McCulloch v. Maryland - case decided in 1819 by the U.S. Supreme Court, dealing specifically with the constitutionality of a Congress-chartered corporation, and more generally with the dispersion of power between state and federal governments.