The Preamble; Holding Together the Promises of Our Government


The Civil War was the greatest threat to our union because slavery had ignored the promises of the US Constitution for over 60 years.

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The Preamble

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.



in Order to form a more perfect Union,

Historical Example: During the 1960s and early 1970s. Four major steps of Civil Rights. legislation became law, widening prohibitions on racial discrimination and protecting voting rights and fair housing opportunities for racial minorities. 

How does it show social, political, or economic unity or division? It shows that by keeping the country together as one, and establishing justice. To keep peace within the county so no outbreaks or nothing happens. The greatest imperfections to our union threaten its existence. This was the case with slavery and the Civil War.


Establish Justice

Current Event Example: Britney Gringer pleaded guilty to drug charges today in court i russia. Admitting to bringing cannabis into the country. She said in court today that she did not own the country but said she had packed in a hurry and did not intend to break the law.

How does it relate to justice? Britney Gringer is being wrongfully detained in Russia by the Russian government. She is not getting her freedom that she needs to get.

Insure domestic Tranquility 

Current Event Example: The abortion roe v. wade It was nation the Supreme Court rulled that wide for abortions to be illegal, but there are a few states that are not going along with the abortion law or going alone with the sign. 

How does it relate to peace within the nation? Relates for some women,  some women are thrilled and happy  because it is a life even if it’s just a few days in the womb. 


Provide for the common defense

Current Event Example: The American Civil War was between citizens in the same country.  One side fought for something different and so did the other side.  It was a great division in what Americans believed needed to be defended in common.  Much property and life was destroyed but so was the institution of slavery in the United States.  The Union made the common defense of all men and women a restored promise during the era of Reconstruction.  America’s civil rights journey since then has allowed a greater diversity if citizens to be protected by our government’s promise of “common defense”.

How does it relate to the common defense?: The ability to defend the rights and lives of the citizens of the United States. To defend them during war time or during times of need. To defend what you believe in means that the protection of the United States, its citizens, and property, is the responsibility of the federal government,

 Promote the general Welfare 

Current Event Example: Your vaccinations are an example being provided by the government so you don’t get ill or get sick from certain outbreaks , or cold flues in the air. 


How does it relate to promoting general welfare? It relates to promoting general welfare by giving citizens what they need for the community, economy, the people .Large parts of the work we expect our federal and state governments to do.

Secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,

Current Event Example: The Chicago shooting that happened during the 4th of july parade in Illinois. Injuring many families and killing the lives of innocent people. That is not the right to bless liberty to ourselves. 


How does it relate to the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity? You should be able to go to a parade with your family without disturbing the liberty to ourselves and the posterity of others with no killings no alterations needed but in today’s society that has changed.


Can you find current events that relate to the promises of the Preamble?

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