The US Constitution The six principles

The US Constitution was written on September 17, 1787. It was written so that Americans can expect their government to defend justice, liberty and provide peace and safety from foreign enemies. In the US Constitution is all of the laws/rules that the government has to follow. The people elect representatives to make laws that they vote for, and the people must obey these laws or else there will be a punishment. This website I have created lists all of the principles of the US Constitution and what they represent.


Federalism is the divided power between states and federal government. Federalism maintains power in a government. In Article 1, section 10, clause 1 in the US Constitution it states that power is denied in the states meaning states can't print money. Powers also denied congress of creating taxes in Article 1, section 9, clause 5.

Representative Government

Representative government is when citizens elect representatives to make laws. In Article 1, section 2, clause 1 it says House of Representatives composed of members chosen every two years by the people of the several states.

Checks and Balances

Another important principle from the constitution is Checks and Balances, this says that each branch of government can limit the power of others. Power is shared between each branch of government. Article 1, section 2, clause 5 says House of Representatives can impeach president.

Separation of Powers

Separation of Powers is also an important principle, this is because it when power is separated into three branches. Article 2, section 5, clause 2 says that power is divided into three branches.

Limited Government

Limited government is the principle that government only has the powers that the constitution gives it. Article 1, section 9, clause 8 says government only has power the constitution gives it.

Popular Sovereignty

Popular Sovereignty principle says the people are the source of government power. In the preamble of the constitution it says "we the people". This shows that people control the government.


1. When was the constitution written?

2. Why was it written?

3. What are the three branches in Separation of Powers?

4. What does We the people state in the preamble?

5. What are the pros and cons of Limited Government?

6. What are the six principles?


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