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  1. The U. S. Constitution http://www.usconstitution.net/constkids.html

  2. The Basics • The Constitution is the highest law in the U. S. • It creates things like • The Presidency • The Congress • The Supreme Court

  3. History Behind The Constitution • Written by a group of 55 men in 1787 • It is over 200 years old • The Constitution had to be approved by the 13 states (colonies)

  4. Amendments • Amendment to the Constitution - is a change that can add or change an older part of it • An amendment can even overturn a previous amendment

  5. Bill Of Rights • It is a list of rights that belong to the people that the government is not allowed to break • Some of these rights might sound familiar: • the right of free speech • the right to practice your own religion • the right to be silent if the police accuse you of a crime

  6. Bill Of Rights Continued • The Bill of Rights protects a lot of other important freedoms

  7. Slavery • A slave is someone who is owned by someone else • In the 13th Amendment, slavery was forever abolished in the Constitution • The 15th Amendment made sure that black people could vote

  8. Women • 19th Amendment said that women could vote in all elections • Today, women play a very large role in government and politics • It is only a matter of time before the first woman President is elected