The preamble is the opening statement to the U.S. Constitution. The preamble explains the reasons why the framers of the Constitution made the government a republic. The preamble, along with the rest of the U.S. Constitution, was written over a period of about six weeks, and it helped explain why the document was written.
- What is the purpose of a preamble? How does the preamble to the U.S. Constitution help explain why the founders thought we needed one?
- What are the key words in the preamble that embody the country's ideas?
Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, September 1787. Courtesy of Library of Congress