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The highest law of the United States of America.
First ten amendments are called "The Bill of Rights".
Was compiled on the 17th September 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvenia.
Article One: The United States Congress - the legislative branch - will enact new laws.
The Congress divides into two parts, the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.
Both so called "Houses" have to obey certain rules and cannot change some laws
Article Two: The President, Vice President and executive officers - the executive branch - will carry out laws made by Congress.
This article says how President and Vice President are elected. Both people elaborate their office for four years.
The President is the Commander-in-Chief regarding the military. He can make a suggestion for treaties but two-thirds of the Senate have to agree.
Nevertheless, the President has the power to veto bills. On the other hand, Congress can reverse the veto and still pass the bill.
Article Three: There has to be a court system - the judicial branch - inclusive the Supreme Court.
This article defines which "cases and controversies" the courts can decide, that every criminal case requires trial and the crime of treason.
Article Four: All states have to give "full faith and credit" to the laws of other states.
Citizens of other states must be treated equally.
If people from another state have been charged with a crime they have to be sent back to their original state.
For approval the changes first have to be sent to the state legislatures.
Three-quarters of the state have to acknowledge a change so it can become part of the constitution.
Lastly, an amendment can change any part of the constitution except for the numbers of senators each state has to have.
Article Five: Describes how to treat changes, amendments for the constitution.
Firstly, changes can be made, if two-thirds of the members of each house agree.
Secondly, the state can call a convention to amend the constitution.
Article Six: The Constitution, the laws and treaties of the United States of America are higher than any other law.
Every federal and state officer must swear to support the Constitution.
Article Seven: The new government under the Constitution shall not start until at least nine states approve the Constitution.